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Agent-Based Modeling Approach for Developing Enforcement Mechanisms in Spectrum Sharing Scenarios: An Application for the 1695-1710mhz Band

Bustamante, Pedro and Gomez, Marcela and Weiss, Martin and Znati, Taieb and Park, Jung-Min and Das, Debarun and Rose, J. Stephanie (2018) Agent-Based Modeling Approach for Developing Enforcement Mechanisms in Spectrum Sharing Scenarios: An Application for the 1695-1710mhz Band. In: Telecommunications Policy Research Conference, September 21-22, Washington D.C..

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As radio spectrum sharing matures, one of the main challenges becomes finding adequate governance systems and the appropriate enforcement mechanisms. Historically, these processes were assigned to a central entity (in most cases a governmental agency). Nevertheless, the literature of Common Pool Resources (CPRs) shows that other governance mechanisms are possible, which include collaboration with a private, third-party regulator or the complete absence of central institutions, as in self-enforcement solutions. These alternatives have been developed around well-known CPRs such as fisheries, forests, etc. As argued by Weiss et al, and other researchers, spectrum can indeed be considered to be a CPR. In this work, we study the two extremes of governance systems that could be applied to spectrum sharing scenarios. Initially, we study the classical centralized scheme of command and control, where governmental institutions are in charge of rule-definition and enforcement. Subsequently, we explore a government-less environment, i.e., a distributed enforcement approach. In this anarchy situation (i.e., lack of a formal government intervention as defined by Leeson), rules and enforcement mechanisms are solely the product of repeated interactions among the intervening agents. For our analysis, we have selected the spectrum sharing framework of the 1695-1710MHz band. We also use the definitions presented by Bhattarai as well as Altamimi for managing the size of the coordination and exclusion zones. In addition, we utilize Agent-Based Modelling (ABM) to analyze the applicability of these governance mechanisms. ABM simulation allows us to explore how macro phenomena can emerge from micro-level interactions of independent agents.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Bustamante, Pedropjb63@pitt.edupjb63
Gomez, Marcelammg62@pitt.edummg62
Weiss, Martinmbw@pitt.edumbw
Znati, Taiebznati@pitt.eduznati
Das, Debarunded59@pitt.eduded59
Rose, J. Stephaniejsr67@.pitt.edujsr67
Date: 22 September 2018
Date Type: Publication
Event Title: Telecommunications Policy Research Conference
Event Dates: September 21-22
Event Type: Conference
Schools and Programs: School of Computing and Information > Telecommunications
Refereed: No
Funders: NSF
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2018 13:03
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2018 13:03


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