The Open Spectrum Alliance is a coalition of companies, organizations, and individuals working to unlock the potential benefits of bandwidth for all.
Current methods of spectrum regulation are based upon the assumption of scarcity reflecting the technologies of the early 20th Century. "Smart" radio technologies support far more efficient and productive methods of spectrum management.
The Open Spectrum Alliance is united by the goal of realizing the potential social and economic benefits of this underutilized natural resource by promoting innovative public policies.
The European Commission has published a study on shared spectrum access.
The study was co-authored by Open Spectrum Alliance co-founder Robert Horvitz.
In the developing world, cell phones come before land lines. Why? Because installing cell towers is cheaper than running landlines. But even with lower costs, telecom companies avoid the poorest and hardest-to-reach areas. Where they do provide coverage, it's expensive, especially for the 3 billion people in the world who earn about $3 per day.
A small team of telecom industry veterans has solved both of those problems. The team developed OpenBTS, an open-source, software-based cellphone network. Not only does it cost one-tenth as much as traditional networks, but carriers could charge callers about $2 per month and still make a profit.
La Quadrature du Net reports on today's decision of the ITRE committee on amendments to the first Radio Spectrum Policy Programme.
Several amendments, in particular regarding the use of White Spaces, mesh networks and the need for more general authorisation spectrum, were accepted in ITRE.
OSA welcomes ITRE's landmark decision which is a great success for the European civil society.
We would like to thank all the people involved and we're looking forward to the adoption of the ITRE report in the EP's plenary meeting on June 6.
The Open Spectrum Alliance is applying as a mentoring organization for Google's Summer of Code 2011.
Paul Fuxjaeger, OSA member and researcher at FTW (Vienna Telecommunications Research Center) has proposed several ideas and volunteered to mentor students during SoC 2011.
These are the ideas for 2011:
802.11 Load balancing on standard MIPS AP platforms (based on OpenWRT)
A scheduler that does not differentiate between traffic classes but takes
into account the rate-adaption and balances the amounts or radio "airtime"
that are shared amongs clients
Task: Modify a OpenWRT AP to do all that.
802.11 Self-advertising beacon framework on standard MIPS platforms ...
Here is an article (in German) about Stefan Meiners' petition, which
remains open for signatures until 24 February:
(thanks to Bob Horvitz for the pointer)
The Open Spectrum Alliance, together with The New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative (OTI), Global Partners & Associates, Open Rights Group, Hispalinux, and EFF Finland filed a response to the EC's questionnaire on the open Internet and net neutrality.
The IEEE 802.11 Working Group, on its way to 5 Gb/s, Celebrates 20 Years of Contributions to Wireless LANs.
Thanks for making the huge success of WiFi possible, and keep up the good work!
The Open Spectrum Alliance and the New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative filed a joint response to OFCOM's discussion paper on network neutrality.
Press release | May 2010
Silver Jubilee of the rules that enabled Wi-Fi
On May 24, 2010 it will be exactly 25 years since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the regulator of the radio spectrum for public use in the USA, released the decision to permit unlicensed access to the radio spectrum for communications, provided the devices use “Spread Spectrum”.
That paved the way for the IEEE 802.11 committee to start developing “Wi-Fi” – an interoperability standard for Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) – which encouraged regulators in other countries to adopt similar rules. Canada and the European countries agreed first, then dozens more governments allowed license-free use of the radio spectrum by WLANs.
Attached is our response to the European Commission's consultation which ended 7 May 2010.
The German national Radio had a report on the 800Mhz spectrum auction run by the Bundesnetzagentur including a short statement of Alexander List from Open Spectrum Alliance.
You can find the podcast here: http://ondemand-mp3.dradio.de/file/dradio/2010/04/12/dlf_20100412_0545_0...
The attached file was submitted last night.
The New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative has published an analysis of the US National Broadband Plan.
The Open Spectrum Alliance has drafted a position paper for the EU Spectrum Summit in Brussels, March 22-23, 2010.