Open spectrum for development: Policy brief

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By Evan Light (APC)
, January 2011

Spectrum, the electromagnetic waves used for radio and television signals, satellite signals, cellular telephone signals, wireless internet signals and various other things, is necessary for the world’s daily communications needs. A number of important technological debates and developments are currently taking place that are shaping the future of spectrum-based communication and the potential for introducing open spectrum management.

This policy brief by Evan Light provides a brief history of how spectrum use has developed over the past 80 years, examines how it is currently being managed and what the current issues surrounding spectrum are, and makes a case for open spectrum. He closes by providing steps for a way forward, as well as a list of concrete actions that can be taken by civil society organisations, policy makers and media practitioners.

The brief was written as a part of the APC’s work on Open spectrum for development, which included five national country studies during the first phase of the project:

Brazil
India
Kenya
Nigeria
South Africa

You can also read a short summary of the policy brief: Moving with the times: Opening spectrum so we can all communicate

Read more articles and reports on open spectrum for development

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