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Event: TV white spaces Africa forum

DAKAR 30 May 2013 (AL for APCNews)

From May 30-31st community wireless activists, regulators, and business are gathered in Dakar, Senegal, discussing the potential TV spectrum that can potentially be used locally in Africa, in an event co-organized by APC. Follow the discussion on Twitter #tvwsAfrica

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PRESS RELEASE: Improve participation, planning and allocation: APC's comments to the South African national broadband policy

JOHANNESBURG 22 May 2013 (AL for APCNews)

In April 2013, the South African government published their proposal for a national broadband policy with the aim of ensuring “universal service and access to reliable, affordable and secure broadband services by all citizens prioritising, rural and under-serviced areas.” These are the comments officially submitted by APC.

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Using open spectrum in Africa to improve access with wireless broadband

5 March 2013 (BBC News)

At an event hosted by APC, WAPA and Google Africa in October 2011, government officials, regulators, and industry leaders gathered to discuss the benefits of TV white spaces (TVWS). In a recent piece on this emerging issue, “TV’s white spaces connecting rural Africa” BBC News highlights outcomes from the spectrum workshop and potential unprecedented impacts on access.

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Launch of Solar Powered Long-Distance Wireless Workshop

13 August 2012

The PISCES Project workshop on Wireless Networking in the Developing World got off to a great start on Tuesday, July 31, 2012.

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Have you watched our videos on spectrum for development yet?

PERGAMINO 25 July 2012 (FF for APCNews)

Together with CIESPAL and with the support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), APC has developed seven videos that explain what radio spectrum is and how it can affect our rights.

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Open spectrum for development launches website

PERGAMINO 13 June 2012 (FF for APCNews)

APC’s initiative “Open Spectrum for Development,” which analyses spectrum regulation in Africa, Asia and Latin America, has its own website to feature materials produced from the project.

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Developing countries utilise cost-effective option to bridge access gap

PERGAMINO 25 May 2012 (FF for APCNews)

APCNews interviewed Ermanno Pietrosemoli from EsLaRed and Russel Southwood from Balancing Act on some of the issues covered during a workshop organised by APC at the recent WSIS Forum in Geneva. Both agreed that workshops on TV white spaces sensitises stakeholders to deal with spectrum allocation from an important perspective that supersedes commercial interests.

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WSIS Forum 2012: TV White Spaces on the agenda

PERGAMINO 4 May 2012 (FF for APCNews)

From 14-18 May Geneva will be hosting the WSIS Forum 2012, where the Association for Progressive Communications has organised two thematic workshops on May 17th, one of them under the subject Television White Spaces.

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Debate over spectrum in Argentina: “A defining push is needed to get past the debate stage”

MONTEVIDEO 21 March 2012 (AF for APCNews)

Although in Argentina a debate does exist on the spectrum, it prioritises aspects related to broadcasting and obscures those related to telecommunications. Florencia Roveri and Flavia Fascendini of Nodo Tau clarify this issue in this interview conducted as part of the “Open spectrum for development” project.

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Open spectrum in Peru: Capitalising on an opportunity to democratise access to the internet

MONTEVIDEO 21 March 2012 (AF for APCNews)

In an interview with APC, Maicu Alvarado and Gabriela Perona of CEPES share experiences of using the spectrum with a positive social impact and offer guidelines for thinking collectively about policies for managing the spectrum that aim for more than simply economic growth.

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Spectrum management in Venezuela lacks clear policy objectives

MONTEVIDEO 21 March 2012 (AF for APCNews)

In Venezuela, community uses of the spectrum are privileged at the cost of generating uncertainty in the private sector. This discourages major investments in telecommunications and a wider discussion of the subject, according to Sandra Benítez and Ermanno Pietrosemoli of EsLaRed in this interview with APC.

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Open spectrum in Ecuador: The debate must extend beyond the circle of experts

MONTEVIDEO 21 March 2012 (AF for APCNoticias)

Lack of knowledge about the ways that policies relating to the spectrum affect people’s lives is one of the primary obstacles for the participation of civil society in the regulatory debate. Marco Navas Alvear promotes solutions for this problem in this interview by APC as part of the “Open spectrum for development” project.

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Colombia redefines its spectrum management plan

MONTEVIDEO 20 March 2012 (AF for APCNews)

Management of the spectrum in Colombia is migrating towards a more flexible and participatory model. Nevertheless there is still a need for greater involvement of community media and social organisations as a counterweight to the voice of the commercial operators in discussions on the management of the spectrum, according to Lilian Chamorro of Colnodo, in this interview with APC.

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Spectrum use in Latin America: relevant aspects, conclusions and recommendations

RIO DE JANEIRO 10 January 2012 (Carlos A. Afonso for APC)

APC’s “open spectrum” initiative aims to provide an understanding of spectrum regulation by examining the situation in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In this synthesis, the project’s consultant Carlos Afonso brings together the most important aspects of the studies in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.

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Spectrum in Colombia: Towards a participative model

15 December 2011 (Colnodo for APC)

In Colombia, several government initiatives aim at broadening telecommunications access for the whole population through spectrum. Colombian civil society should make the most of recent opportunities to lobby for the design of a management model that is more efficient and that emphasises the social value of the spectrum say Lilian Chamorro and Ariel Barbosa, authors of a new study for APC.

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Spectrum regulation in Argentina: The need to move from broadcasting to access

12 December 2011 (Nodo Tau for APC)

Argentina is one of only three countries in the world that privatised spectrum. However the recent renationalisation of its control, together with the participative drafting of a new radio broadcasting law and a national plan for internet access, make this an auspicious time

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A key moment for getting spectrum in the public agenda in Peru

12 December 2011 (CEPES for APC)

Opportunities are emerging in the Peruvian political scenario to liberalise spectrum frequencies for open and community use. However academic institutions and civil society must participate get more involved in the policy and project debates say Maicu Alvarado y Gabriela Perona in a new report for APC.

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The need to build alliances in Ecuador for better spectrum use and regulation

15 November 2011 (CIESPAL for APC)

Ecuador’s new constitution has created opportunities for democratising the spectrum based on a renewed vision of rights, and clearer definitions of the competencies required by the bodies that formulate policy and regulations. The priority now are civil society discussions on the legal reforms the new constitution demands says Marco Navas Alvear.

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Finding a balance in spectrum regulation in Venezuela

15 November 2011 (EsLaRed for APC)

Venezuela’s socialist development model has brought about significant changes favouring the democratisation of spectrum say Sandra Benítez and Ermanno Pietrosemoli in a new study for APC. But doubts remain about who will loosen the private sector’s grip on the sector. Civil society plays a key watchdog role to ensure that the steps taken benefit the state, rather than the government of the day.

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APC publishes new issue paper on spectrum for development

CALGARY 20 October 2011 (LC for APCNews)

A new issue paper by South Africa-based ICT expert Steve Song for APC explains how wirless is crucial to bridging the digital divide. This article summarises some of the key points of his paper which is available for download.

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