About the Open Spectrum Foundation
In the summer of 2004, a project named Open Spectrum International began under the auspices of Czech Civic Association "Mista v Srdce." The aim was to promote awareness of "open spectrum" concepts outside North America, and to advocate the expansion of the radio bands available for license-exempt use. As we grew, it became clear that we needed an independent legal basis for our work. So in May 2005, we registered as a Dutch nonprofit foundation ("stichting") with offices in Amsterdam and Prague: Stichting Open Spectrum translates into English as the Open Spectrum Foundation.
Our survey of national regulations for license-exempt radio has enabled us to start identifying countries with restrictive policies which might possibly be changed with appropriate interventions. We expect to focus on the de-licensing of Wi-fi, as that is a proven technology with obvious benefits, and it can make even a wary regulator more comfortable with the idea of license-exempt radio. But we have many more ideas which we will implement as our budget permits - translating "open spectrum" texts into other languages, organising workshops and conferences, writing articles for popular publications, intervening in national regulatory consultations, etc.
We invite anyone who shares our interests and aims to contact us to discuss possible collaboration. We cannot intervene in policymaking without local partners, and we have a constant need for help with translations. Email us if you have information to contribute - or time, or contacts, or ideas...
We also gratefully acknowledge the Open Society Institute's Information Program for supporting our work.