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Governing Global Electronic NetworksInternational Perspectives on Policy and Power$
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William J. Drake and Ernest J. Wilson III

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262042512

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262042512.001.0001

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The Peculiar Evolution of 3G Wireless Networks: Institutional Logic, Politics, and Property Rights

The Peculiar Evolution of 3G Wireless Networks: Institutional Logic, Politics, and Property Rights

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(p.149) 4 The Peculiar Evolution of 3G Wireless Networks: Institutional Logic, Politics, and Property Rights
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Governing Global Electronic Networks
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Peter F. Cowhey

Jonathan D. Aronson

John E. Richards

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262042512.003.0093

This chapter examines how self-interested actors jockey for political influence and market position in a very complicated global arena. Using contemporary models of political economy, it looks at the contested evolution of the third generation (3G) of wireless networks, which has emerged as an important forum for the giants of international commerce battling for market shares and for powerful governments and regional bodies bidding to influence the rules of the game and their interpretations. In particular, the chapter explores the institutional logic, politics, and intellectual property rights at the heart of 3G wireless networks. It discusses policy reform and the dynamics involved in balancing stakeholder interests, policy choices that shaped the design of 2G services, standards setting, spectrum allocation, spectrum licensing, and options for reform. It concludes by offering policy recommendations.

Keywords:   3G wireless networks, political economy, international commerce, politics, intellectual property, spectrum allocation, spectrum licensing, reform

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