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Washington lobbying campaigns have become more sophisticated, expanding to include the hiring of economists at prestigious universities to write research papers, to file counterarguments, and to attend meetings with the Federal Communications Commission to explain complex theories. Companies pay for their own research to help establish a body of work supporting their positions for the record.

Spectrum limits “are likely to reduce auction revenues by billions of dollars, which will adversely affect the Federal budget deficit.”

— Haile, Meidan, Orszag

Yale University
Philip Haile
Economics professor
Virginia Tech
Jeffrey Reed
Professor of electrical and computer engineering
Columbia University
Yeon-Koo Che
Professor of economic theory
University of California, Berkeley
Michael Katz
Director of the Center for Telecommunications and Digital Convergence
University of Pennsylvania
Michael Kearns
Professor of computer and information science
Compass Lexecon
Mark Israel
Executive vice president
Andres Lerner
Executive vice president
Jonathan Orszag
Senior managing director
Maya Meidan
Senior economist

“Proposals to restrict the participation of Verizon and AT&T in the Incentive Auction do not address any real world problem.”

— Marx

Duke University
Leslie M. Marx
Economics professor
Universiy of Maryland
Dan Vincent
Economics professor

“A very minor change to” an AT&T example showing how spectrum limits can reduce revenue “produces greater revenue with limits than an auction with no spectrum-aggregation limits.”

— Rosston and Skrzypacz

Stanford University
Gregory Rosston
Deputy director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
Andrzej Skrzypacz
Economics professor
American University
Jonathan Baker
Law professor of antitrust and economic regulation
University of Maryland
Peter Cramton
Economics professor
University of Cologne
Achim Wambach
Economics professor
TWS Partners AG
Vitali Gretschko
Senior consultant
Stephen Knapek
Partner

Past European spectrum auctions indicate there’s no evidence that spectrum limits affect auction revenues, but “they do appear to have been effective at maintaining the number of mobile operators in the marketplace.”

— Cave and Webb

Imperial College Business School
Martin Cave
Visiting professor and deputy chair of the U.K. Competition Commission
Surrey University
William Webb
Visiting professor and president-elect of the Institution of Engineering and Technology

Source: Federal Communications Commission filings