Archive for The Commons

Two down, one to go

Of the three major issues presently bugging our telecommunications industry, two have reached resolutions that offer good news for rural people and businesses. First is the auction of the 700MHz spectrum that becomes available for re-purposing when our analogue TV network closes down at the…

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2 outcomes possible for the 700MHz auction

The auction process for the allocation of the ‘digital dividend’ 700MHz spectrum is expected to kick off on Labour Day.  In a $200 million dollar plus process, there is much at stake for all parties. It is important for those rural people who rely on…

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A way forward to solve climate change issues

I came across this video in my news reading this morning and it struck a chord with me.  An emotional chord, not a musical one. And having written a number of times on the urgency of climate change and the lack of action by those…

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A new paradigm: Focus on The Commons, not Economics

Last week, we looked at the Wireless Commons and argued that making the radio spectrum a part of “The Commons” would lead to greater competition for the delivery of wireless services. Instead of competition for the radio spectrum resource, a Wireless Commons approach would encourage…

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Managed Spectrum Park as the Wireless Commons

I have long argued that the digital divide is less about access to computers and the Internet, and more about access to high speed broadband services.  Defined by government policy, the new digital divide is between urban and rural broadband users. That divide is now…

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The Wireless Commons and political resolve

Last week I introduced ‘The Commons’ as a potential means to address man-made problems like climate change, financial crises and high energy prices. The Commons was originally about access to and use of the environment, including forests, the atmosphere, rivers, fisheries or grazing lands.  These…

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The opportunity of The Commons.

The Commons.  A concept from a less egalitarian era but one that has returned to prominence in a time when our society seems bedeviled by man-made problems. Does an approach based on the principle of the Commons provide an opportunity to solve issues like climate…

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