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Activities

  • 15-16 August 2012 - Invited by Colombia's Ministry of IT & Communications, Robert Horvitz spoke on "Spectrum Use Authorization Types" at the International Congress on Spectrum Management in Bogotá.
  • 1 July 2012 Robert Horvitz spoke on "Wireless Creativity and Open Spectrum" at Trinity College's Open Here Festival in Dublin, Ireland.
  • 28 June 2012 - Robert Horvitz was the 2012 European Wireless Innovation Forum's keynote speaker. The title of his talk in Brussels was "ASA/LSA: Europe's New Opening for Cognitive Radio."
  • 21 March 2012 - Robert Horvitz spoke on "The Value of Shared Spectrum Access" at the Middle East Spectrum Conference in Manama, Bahrain.
  • February 2012 - Simon Forge, Colin Blackman and Robert Horvitz co-authored Perspectives on the Value of Shared Spectrum Access, a 208-page study for the European Commission. This led to the EC's adoption of a "Communication on Promoting the shared use of radio spectrum resources in the internal market".
  • 26 May 2011 - we attended a "brainstorming" session at the Paris headquarters of Alcatel-Lucent on "sustainable spectrum management."
  • 13-15 April 2011 - we participated in CEPT's SE43 workgroup meeting in Copenhagen. SE43 is developing recommendations for license exempt cognitive access to UHF "white spaces."
  • 5-7 April 2011 - the Abdus Salam Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy, offers ITU-sponsored training courses for engineers in developing countries to learn how to build low-cost wireless Internet access networks. We contributed to the course for networkers from Senegal, Rwanda and Kenya and discussed "Open Spectrum in Africa."
  • 29-30 March 2011 - Robert Horvitz spoke about license exemption as a way to maximize the radio spectrum's social value at PolicyTracker's 2nd Middle East Spectrum Conference in Dubai, UAE.
  • 27 November 2010 - an Indian newspaper, the Financial Express, published an editorial by Robert Horvitz: "The real spectrum scam." Our themes were picked up 2 weeks later by Rekha Jain in an editorial for the Economic Times of India: "As the world shifts to open spectrum" (10 December 2010).
  • 12-15 August 2010 - We attended the annual board meeting of the Open Spectrum Alliance and spoke at the International Summit for Community Wireless Networks - events that coincided in Vienna, Austria. A video of the panel discussion at the Summit about "Open Spectrum Policy and Wireless Communities" is available here.
  • 22-23 June 2010 - Robert Horvitz spoke on "future spectrum management challenges and solutions" at the 5th Annual European Spectrum Management Conference in Brussels.
  • 7 May 2010 - Here is the response we drafted for the Open Spectrum Alliance to submit to the European Commission's consultation on the Future of Universal Service.
  • 18 April 2010 - the Open Spectrum Foundation has become an Associate Member of the International Telecommunication Union's radio sector, with the right to participate in Study Group 1 ("Spectrum Management"). We are the only civil society organization with Associate status in ITU-R.
  • 17 April 2010 - the cover story in the 17-24 April issue of Sahara Time is "Opportunity 4 India in Mobile Telephony" by Arun Mehta, Robert Horvitz and Manasi Dash.
  • 8 April 2010 - Here is the response we drafted for the Open Spectrum Alliance to submit to the European Commission's consultation on a Multi-Year Spectrum Policy Programme.
  • 18 February 2010 - the Indian e-publication Tehelka published an article jointly written by Arun Mehta and Robert Horvitz: "From laggard to leader, if India goes 'cognitive'."
  • January 2010 - We were invited to visit India by the Center for Internet and Society in Bangalore, to explore the policy environment and come up with suggestions for civil society engagement in spectrum reform processes. Just before our visit, PolicyTracker published an article by Dugie Standeford, European editor of Communications Daily, laying out our vision of cognitive radio's potential for India.
  • 23 November 2009 - Robert Horvitz spoke at an International Roundtable on Radio Diversity organized by the Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany, and was quoted in the press release issued after the event.
  • 30 October 2009 - Robert Horvitz spoke at the Emerging Communications Conference in Amsterdam, on the Spectrum 2.0 panel and individually on "Opening the TeraHertz Frontier."
  • 29-30 September 2009 - Robert Horvitz spoke at the Middle East Spectrum Conference in Muscat, Oman, on "Meeting the Needs of the Unlicensed Sector." About 150 people attended, including regulators from Bahrain, Iraq, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, etc. Concurrently, Horvitz's essay "Avoid the L-word?" was published in the October issue of PolicyTracker, the publication that organized this event.
  • 27 September 2009 - Robert Horvitz was interviewed (along with other members of the Open Spectrum Alliance) in an hour-long program produced for ORF (Radio Austria) by Armin Medosch.
  • 4 September 2009 - SOS drafted the Open Spectrum Alliance's response to the European Commission consultation on "Transforming the digital dividend opportunity into social benefits and economic growth in Europe." The text is online here.
  • 29 June 2009 - SOS drafted the Open Spectrum Alliance's first response to a European Commission consultation: the Radio Spectrum Policy Group's public consultation on the digital dividend.
  • 8 May 2009 - Stichting Open Spectrum participated in the founding of the Open Spectrum Alliance in Vienna, Austria. Stay tuned for additional details...
  • 17-18 January 2008 - "A Stormy Future for Spectrum Management" was the theme of our presentation at the monthly meeting of Equiliber, a club for Italian ICT entrepeneurs, hosted at Milano's Chamber of Commerce. The next day, Robert Horvitz spoke on "Marconi's Legacy: National Sovereignty Claims in Radio" at a workshop on "Technology and the Public Domain" organized by Torino Polytechnic's NEXA Center for Internet and Society.
  • 23 October 2007: - it isn't often that we get to talk about radio at an art gallery, but Prague's CIANT (in English, the International Center for Art and New Technologies) is no ordinary art gallery. Here's the Powerpoint from this event, showing some of our favorite contemporary artworks using radio, along with a few commercial and noncommercial products.
  • 27 September 2007 - Robert Horvitz moderated the "mayors and CIOs" panel on regulation, funding and strategy at the 2nd annual Wireless and Digital Cities Congress in Cannes, France; he also gave a talk on "Urban Nets, Rural Nets - Allies or Rivals?"
  • 6 July 2007 - "Spectrum Reform: Too Much is Not Enough" - presented at a workshop at the London School of Economics organized by the Warwick School of Business on "Spectrum Reform in the UK: Has all the thinking now been done?"
  • 4 July 2007 - Ofcom, the UK's spectrum regulator, invited us to a "stakeholders meeting" to discuss license exempt access to the "Digital Dividend" frequencies. We joined representatives from Google, Microsoft, the wireless microphone industry, Ofcom's Spectrum Advisory Board, mobile telephony researchers and a large contingent of staffers from Ofcom itself in a wide-ranging, candid, off-the-record discussion lasting over 6 hours.
  • 1 May 2007 - PolicyTracker's May issue reprinted our "Highlights from Ofcom's license-exempt research", along with an article by Michael Newlands quoting Robert Horvitz extensively ("Critics applaud Ofcom's proposals for licence-exempt spectrum").
  • 20 March 2007 - our recommendations on what to do with the frequencies released by the end of analog TV broadcasting - drafted for Open Spectrum UK - are available now from Ofcom, in their archive of responses to the public consultation. We argue for reserving at least 24 MHz of cleared UHF spectrum for license-exempt broadband.
  • 23 January 2007 - our background paper and powerpoint presentation for the ITU Workshop on "Market Mechanisms for Spectrum Management" are now online. An audio recording of the presentation is available from RadioKey. The background paper may be of special interest to users of our website - it contains a summary of our WiFi regulations survey, with "thumbnail sketches" of 167 countries.
  • 7-8 November 2006 - Invited by Belgrade's Center for Internet Development, we led a two-day workshop on spectrum management for Serbia's new regulatory agency, RATEL. The first day focussed on different measures of spectrum "efficiency" and the global trend away from individual licensing. The second day was a discussion of our recommendations to RATEL, which mainly concerned procedures for public consultation.
  • 15 September 2006 - We spoke at the 4th Wizards of OS conference in Berlin, on the "Open Spectrum" panel, with Armin Mendosch, Onno Purbo and Malcolm Matson. A good 1.75 hour video recording is online at The Internet Archive.
  • August 2006 - "Towards 'Good Spectrum Citizenship': Some Possibly Useful Heresies" - a condensed version of our talk at the EC workshop on "collective use of spectrum" last April - was published by the International Institute of Communication in their magazine Intermedia (Volume 34, Issue 3, pages 12-16).
  • 20 July 2006 - Bahrain proposed to require an individual license for each WiFi and Bluetooth device in the country, and these licenses must be applied for in writing. Working with bloggers in Bahrain, we drafted a 1600-word response, in the form of a public petition criticizing the proposal and calling for Bahrain's telecom law to be modified. By the time the regulator's consultation ended, 52 people in Bahrain had signed the petition and several newspaper articles were published about it (see, for example, "Technology bill rapped," by Geoffrey Bew, Gulf Daily News. For examples of blog support for the petition, click here or here).
  • 20 June 2006 - A seminar on transferring military spectrum to civilian/nongovernment use and the potential benefits to Russia of emerging technologies and license exempt bands - by Robert Horvitz at the Center for Strategic Research in Moscow. Click here for the spoken text in English, here for the powerpoint in Russian. Sergey Zykov's report about the seminar is on the website of the "Electronic Russia" program: "Использование Open Spectrum в России: семинар ЦСР" (Open Spectrum in Russia - CSR Seminar) in Russian.
  • 18 May 2006 - the "international regulatory" panel at this year's Wireless Event in London was organised by Open Spectrum UK. It included Robert Horvitz speaking on RRC-06 and whether there will be a "Digital Dividend" in the UHF band.
  • 16 May 2006 - City University London's spring conference was devoted this year to "Digital Switchover: Policies and Implementation". Robert Horvitz spoke on the "citizens and users" panel about RRC-06 and how this will determine the size and shape of the "digital dividend". Click here for the slide text and a video recording of this presentation (Internet Explorer is needed to view them). And here is an article from the Communications Management Association's Newsline about the event, praising our presentation.
  • 27 April 2006 - "Some Possibly Useful Heresies" - presented at a workshop in Brussels on "Technical, Regulatory and Economic issues relating to Collective Use of Radio Spectrum."
  • 9 March 2006 - Open Spectrum UK submitted comments for Ofcom's "Digital Dividend Review," recommending that at least 24 MHz of UHF spectrum released by the switch-off of analog TV broadcasting should be used for broadband Internet access in underserved areas, preferably on a license exempt basis. The Open Spectrum Foundation drafted these comments with input from OSUK members. Click here to download them (385kb, PDF). The comments have been endorsed by the UK's Communications Management Association.
  • 7 March 2006 - Robert Horvitz spoke in London at the PolicyTracker conference "Unlocking the Digital Dividend - RRC-06 and Beyond." His was the final presentation, summarising the day's discussion.
  • 29 November 2005 - Robert Horvitz spoke at a conference on "Rural Areas as Engines for Implementing the Renewed Lisbon Strategy," which was organized at the European Commission in Brussels by EFITA. Here are the powerpoint presentation and a 5-page paper on "EU Spectrum Reform to Promote Rural Broadband."
  • 16 November 2005 - A grant from Intel Corporation enabled the Wireless Internet Institute and the United Nations ICT Task Force to publish a book on The Promise of Broadband Wireless Communities for WSIS. We wrote two parts of that book - "Survey of Country Wi-Fi Regulations" and "Wi-Fi Winds in Eastern Europe."
  • 15 October 2005 - Here is a paper we wrote for the "RE:activism" conference at Central European University in Budapest: "Media Licensing, Convergence and Globalization."
  • 4 October 2005 - The Open Spectrum Foundation's recent policy interventions and global survey of Wi-Fi regulations were described at "Wireless Horizons," an evening discussion organized by CyberSalon and Open Spectrum UK at the London Science Museum. A recording of our presentation was subsequently distributed by Ron Briefel at the Tate Britain Gallery's "Open Congress: Creativity and the public domain" on 7 October.
  • 15 September 2005 - Here is our contribution to the European Commission's consultation on the Digital Divide.
  • 7 July 2005 - We participated in the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority's public consultation on new regulations for radio licensing. The regulations, if adopted, will be implemented on the islands of Dominica, Grenada, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. We recommended the addition of provisions authorising exemptions from licensing.
  • 29 June 2005 - When UK regulator Ofcom unveiled their new Radio Spectrum Policy Framework today, Communications Daily asked our opinion - and ours was the only opinion quoted in the published article. Here is a link to the Open Spectrum UK website, as they got permission to post the relevant excerpt. Basically, we said it was "wrongheaded" for Ofcom to try to cap license-exempt spectrum, since British law requires them to exempt any service or device which is unlikely to cause harmful interference.
  • 26 May 2005 - The Open Spectrum Foundation's board of advisors met in England to review recent activities and discuss future strategies. In the afternoon, we met with spectrum managers from Ofcom to discuss their Spectrum Framework Review. In the evening our advisors were panelists in Open Spectrum UK's public discussion at the London Science Museum's Dana Centre entitled "Wireless Utopias 05: An Open Future for Spectrum?" Copies of An Open Spectrum Reader were distributed at this event. Position statements, photos and biographic information about our board members and UK partners were put on the CyberSalon website, where they can still be found. And detailed notes made during the public discussion are online here. A video recording of the discussion will be posted soon. An Indonesian-language report by Onno Purbo about all the 26 May events in London can be found in Kompas Online.
  • 3 May 2005 - Stichting Open Spectrum (in English, the Open Spectrum Foundation) registered in Amsterdam to create an independent legal base for extending the work of Open Spectrum International. This page is where we will report new initiatives, achievements, presentations, interventions, and projects.