APCNews 155 – Open spectrum for development – 09/01/12

APCNews – January 09 2012 – Year XII Issue 155
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development

Spectrum in Colombia: A more participative model please

COLOMBIA (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.

Argentina renationalises spectrum: What next?

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

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

PERU (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.

Balancing spectrum democratisation and political centralisation in Venezuela

VENEZUELA (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.

Universal spectrum access in Ecuador: The need to build alliances

ECUADOR (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.

Read more about APC’s innovative research into spectrum for development



APC reviews the 2011 Internet Governance Forum

Digital TV in West Africa

Background: Who’s taking the plunge and how?
WATRA workshop recommendations
Nigeria needs a regulatory framework to continue digital migration
Senegal – let’s not forget the social costs
Ghanaian committee must make up its mind

GreeningIT – APC’s new research on ICT and the environment

90% of India’s e-waste is recycled informally – when will gov’t policy recognise this?
ICT and environment in Costa Rica: Closing the gap between words and deeds
Mexico: ICT and environmental policies must be linked
Bangladesh: Focus on climate change means that e-waste has been ignored
E-waste in Egypt: How do you solve a problem that doesn’t exist?


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