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Who's in charge of the radio spectrum?

​The radio spectrum is the natural resource which enable us to communicate wirelessly. In order to make sure that everyone can benefit from wireless communication, effective regulation has to be in place. In her doctoral research, Maria Massaro studies how radio spectrum is regulated in the European Union.

​What challenges do you focus on your research?

The European Union has a very complex institutional structure, therefore, identifying the entities involved in radio spectrum regulation and their decision-making processes is not an easy task.

How are you aiming to address or solve the problem with your research?

I studied decision-making in the European Union, looking at roles and responsibilities of the EU institutions and various legislative and informal decision-making processes.

What were the main findings of your research?

The EU generally adopts laws to regulate how the radio spectrum should be managed and used. However, there are certain aspects of radio spectrum management which only national governments can decide upon, leaving the EU with no power to decide.

What do you hope your research will lead to?

I hope my work will attract more researchers to contribute to this research field as there is very little understanding of how the radio spectrum is regulated and by whom. In addition, my work can be seen as a vademecum for practitioners who approach radio spectrum regulation for the first time.

Text compilation: Daniel Karlsson
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Published: Fri 29 Nov 2019.