Open Spectrum UK
Engaging the public interest agenda for access to the radio spectrum
- Open Spectrum UK was convened in January 2005 in order to make a submission to the Ofcom Spectrum Framework Review. This submission was signed by 10 UK non-profit organisations, engaged in community wireless networking and communications policy issues.
- Open Spectrum UK is convened by John Wilson (co-founder Arwain.net) and Julian Priest (co-founder Consume.net).
Currents of the Open Spectrum movement
- Open Spectrum UK seeks to engage the public interest agenda for the exploitation of the strategic national resource of the radio spectrum.
- Open Spectrum UK argues for a balance of the commercial and the public interest in access to and use of the radio spectrum.
- Open Spectrum UK plans a programme of activities to engage informed debate upon the future of spectrum access and communications rights in the UK.
- "Open Spectrum" is the discourse of an emerging international public advocacy movement for spectrum reform, inspired by a vision of public access and technology innovation. See for example the US Open Spectrum FAQ document (Weinberger, Gill, Hendricks, Reed, Jan 2003) here∞
- Open Spectrum UK has worked in collaboration with Open Spectrum Foundation∞∞.
The radio spectrum presents the new frontier of the digital revolution, what we may call the "Invisible Wealth of Nations". We need to engage wider public debate on the future of this strategic national resource. For the definition and institutionalization of the rights of access to the radio spectrum is one of the keys to our future communications ecology.
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