Connectivity for the unconnected: a double bind

During the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this past February, Facebook made an “historic” announcement that they were launching the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) in conjunction with a number of large telecommunications companies and manufacturers. The new initiative takes a page from another Facebook-led industry collaboration called the Open Compute Project [] and is all […] Read more +

The case for social rights for radio spectrum

In the simplest sense, radio spectrum is a way to classify certain electromagnetic frequencies, between about 30Hz and 300Ghz, that are useful for the transmission and reception of information with currently available technology. Radio spectrum is a socially constructed idea insofar as we have created the concept in order to address our ability, through technology, […] Read more +

GSMA, please loosen your grip on spectrum

In a few days, Mobile World Congress, “the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, organised by the GSMA”, will take place in Barcelona. With that in mind, we’d like to offer up some thoughts and criticisms around the “mobile miracle” and the GSMA in general. The mobile miracle has connected billions of people around […] Read more +