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Developing countries utilise cost-effective option to bridge access gap

PERGAMINO 25 May 2012 (Flavia Fascendini 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 (Flavia Fascendini 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: Summary report of the case studies of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela

By Carlos A. Afonso (November 2011, APC )

In Latin America case studies were done in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. This report reviews and summarises the most relevant aspects of these studies.

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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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