Open Spectrum Panel
Panel at the Wizard of OS 2006 conference
"The convergence of radio technology and computing creates the opportunity to rethink the electromagnetic spectrum as a public resource. The global movement of Free Wireless Networks operating on licence exempt microwave frequencies have successfully demonstrated that managing the spectrum as a commons works. Open Spectrum advocates argue that the switchover from analogue to digital radio and tv should be used to make more parts of the spectrum licence exempt. With the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) about to revise the rules of global spectrum management, there is also strong lobbying for spectrum auctioning to be increased, which would turn the 'ether' into a commodity. Which alternatives in policy making do exist? What are the requirements for sustainable peer-based networking communities? "