Doctoral Student, Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology
Maria Massaro is a doctoral student at the Department of Technology Management and Economics at Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden). Her research focuses on the policy and regulatory aspects of radio spectrum, emerging at national, regional and international level. In particular, her aim is to gain a better understanding of the level of government at which decisions regarding allocation and assignment of radio spectrum are better located.
She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management (July 2011), and her master’s degree in Law and Economics (November 2013), from Luiss Guido Carli University (Italy), both with honours (110/110 cum laude).
Research Topical Session 11: Approaches to Managing Broadband, Spectrum and User Perceptions
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
The effectiveness of the European Union (EU)’s performance in shaping international radio spectrum regulation is assessed by comparing the EU’s objectives prior to and the outcomes of three World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRCs).
The document analysis shows that the effectiveness of the EU’s performance is declining. Three explanatory factors are identified: 1) the EU was not able to keep or create alliances in support of its objectives; 2) the EU failed to contain the pressure exercised by African and Arab countries to earn their issues a place on the WRC agenda; 3) promoting the EU’s interests has become more difficult due to the increasing number of countries participating at WRCs and of issues at stake.
In order to maintain a relevant role in the international decision-making process for radio spectrum regulation, the EU is encouraged to participate more actively in negotiations with other countries belonging to Region 1 in the preparatory work prior to WRCs. Ultimately, it is argued that the EU should seek inter-Regional alliances, interacting with other Regional organisations, such as the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity and the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission and strive for global consensus.