The 1992 World Administrative Radio Conference (WARC-92) authorized frequencies for many of these new radiocommunication services, and granted additional frequencies for many existing services, including international broadcasting, satellite-based mobile communications, and communications in space. The effects of these changes will be felt well into the 21st century as countries around the world develop and deploy new communications systems to serve the needs of consumers, businesses, and governments. For the United States, the decisions made at the conference will critically affect how we develop new radio technologies and applications, how competitive this country will be in radiocommunications equipment and services, and how effectively the United States can exercise its role as a leader in world radiocommunication policymaking.
This study of the outcomes and implications of WARC-92 was requested by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. OTA was asked to evaluate the success of U.S. proposals at the conference, discuss the implications of the decisions made for U.S. technology and policy development, and identify options for improving U.S. participation in future world radiocommunication conferences. This report complements OTA's assessment of the preparations process for WARC-92, The 1992 World Administrative Radio Conference: Issues for U.S. International Spectrum Policy.