In Assignment 1, you will write a short history of a spectrum auction in a country other than Canada. Your history should consider several issues: the bidders, the winners, and the business and public service implications of the auction. You should also outline any public commentary, debates, or controversies that arose during the auction. To find this material, draw on announcements and press releases from government (and other parties), as well as press coverage. Use your research to analyze and describe some of the economic, political, and social impacts of a spectrum auction, as situated in a particular national context. Your research should be based on different material than that covered in the course readings.
This assignment can be written in point form, but must include an annotated reference list (bibliography) for all materials used. You must also include a table or infographic that summarizes essential information, such as key dates, spectrum, bidders, winners, amounts, and the technology that will be enabled through the auction.
Aim for 750-800 words of text (roughly 3-3.5 pages) plus table/infographic, plus annotated reference list (do not count the words in your annotated bibliography in your total word count).
Be sure you understand the course policy on late submissions, the university policy on plagiarism, and how to reference your work in APA style. You’ll find several useful research and writing tips on the SFU Library website.
To help you better understand what an “annotated bibliography” is, please review this Cornell web site: https://guides.library.cornell.edu/annotatedbibliography (Links to an external site.)
To help you pick a spectrum auction to write about, here is a google search of recent news relating to spectrum auctions: “spectrum auction” – Google Search (Links to an external site.) (I searched and then clicked the “news” subset).
There is also a web site that tracks spectrum auctions around the world. It isn’t perfectly up-to-date, but it has a good selection of the auctions in the last few years: (Links to an external site.)
Not all countries do spectrum auctions, so before you spend a lot of time digging, try a google search like this: “Country Name” + “Spectrum Auction”. For example, here is India: “india” + “spectrum auction” – Google Search (Links to an external site.)
Last page is suppose to be for the annotated biblography