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Open spectrum in Peru: Capitalising on an opportunity to democratise access to the internet
Open spectrum in Peru: Capitalising on an opportunity to democratise access to the internet 21 March 2012

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.

Debate over spectrum in Argentina: “A defining push is needed to get past the debate stage”
Debate over spectrum in Argentina: “A defining push is needed to get past the debate stage” 21 March 2012

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.

Colombia redefines its spectrum management plan
Colombia redefines its spectrum management plan 20 March 2012

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.

Spectrum use in Latin America: Summary report of the case studies of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela
Spectrum use in Latin America: Summary report of the case studies of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela 10 January 2012

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.    

Spectrum in Colombia: Towards a participative model
Spectrum in Colombia: Towards a participative model 15 December 2011

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.

A key moment for getting spectrum in the public agenda in Peru
A key moment for getting spectrum in the public agenda in Peru 12 December 2011

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.

Spectrum regulation in Argentina: The need to move from broadcasting to access
Spectrum regulation in Argentina: The need to move from broadcasting to access 12 December 2011

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

The need to build alliances in Ecuador for better spectrum use and regulation
The need to build alliances in Ecuador for better spectrum use and regulation 15 November 2011

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.

Finding a balance in spectrum regulation in Venezuela
Finding a balance in spectrum regulation in Venezuela 15 November 2011

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 governme...

Spectrum for development
Spectrum for development 16 September 2011

When talking about affordable, ubiquitous access to communication in developing countries, wireless technologies offer the most hope for effectively bridging the digital divide. This paper examines its challenges and opportunities.