The FCC Spectrum Incentive Auction: Lessons for the Future

Friday, May 12, 2017
Duke in DC | 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 500 | Washington, DC 20004

The FCC concluded the most complex auction in history, the culmination of a decade-long planning process for moving spectrum from broadcast to mobile broadband uses. On May 12, 2017, The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law held a half-day conference that identified lessons from this auction for spectrum policy, government disposition of assets (whether of spectrum or other resources), and the future of innovation policy generally. 

Speakers included: Lawrence Ausubel, Univ. of Maryland, Power Auctions; Jonathan Chaplin, New Street Research; Paul de Sa, Quadra Partners; Gary Epstein, former Chair of Incentive Auction Task Force at FCC; Karla Hoffman, George Mason Univ.; Allan Ingraham, Economists Inc.; Edward Lazarus, Tribune Media; Michael Ostrovsky, Stanford Graduate School of Business; Preston Padden, Boulder ThinkingDavid Quinalty, Senate Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee; Charla Rath, VerizonDorothy Robyn, former Commissioner at GSA; Gregory Rosston, Stanford Univ.; David Salant, Auction Technologies; Steve Sharkey, T-Mobile; and Ilya Segal, Stanford Univ

  Agenda   |   Speaker Bios


Session 1: Auction Design

Lawrence AusubelUniversity of Maryland, Power Auctions, Slides

Karla HoffmanGeorge Mason University, Slides

Ilya SegalStanford University, Slides


Michael OstrovskyStanford Graduate School of Business

Session 2: Auction Implementation


Allan IngrahamEconomists Inc., Slides

Edward LazarusTribune Media

Preston PaddenBoulder Thinking, Slides

Gregory RosstonStanford University, Slides

David SalantAuction Technologies, Slides


Gary Epsteinformer Chair of Incentive Auction Task Force at FCC

Session 3: Auction Participation


Jonathan ChaplinNew Street Research, Slides

Paul de SaQuadra Partners


David Quinalty, Senate Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee

Charla RathVerizon

Dorothy Robynformer Commissioner at GSA

Steve SharkeyT-Mobile