Praise for The Citizen’s Guide to the Airwaves

“[The Citizen’s Guide] is a first class contribution. Congratulations.”

— Newt Minow, Former FCC Chair and author of The Vast Wasteland

“The Citizen’s Guide to the Airwaves is an important and timely overview of one of the American people’s most valuable resources. The document also offers effective analysis and visualization of the economic and political forces that are shaping the future of the radio spectrum.

Documents of this kind make democracy possible by informing the public about significant issues in a way that does not, like much communication today, demean the reader’s intelligence or assume that someone has only a few seconds to consider vital facts and opinions, thoughts and emotions, before taking action.”

— Aaron Marcus, President, Aaron Marcus and Associates, Inc.

“This is one of the greatest documents I’ve ever seen, and I don’t say that lightly…This handsomely and expertly produced set of writings and graphics clearly shows the disproportionate value assigned to segments of spectrum… The U.S. has a crisis in spectrum because of how it’s been distributed, sold, given away, allowed to be used on an unlicensed basis. This document goes a long way towards explaining the fix we’re in and presents ideas about how to solve it. Even better, it quantifies so much: current value of various chunks of the frequency dial, and the potential value that could be realized.”

— Glenn Fleishman, freelance tech-policy journalist for The New York Times, Wired, and author of Wi-Fi Networking News

“[The Citizen’s Guide to the Airwaves is a] great introduction to/nutshell of the spectrum usage debate that will doubtlessly grow louder in the months and years ahead.”

— J.T. Stanton, Author of Penguinal Ebullience Blog

“A cool printable poster… shows you how the airwaves are allocated in a laymans sort of way… keen…”

— Dan Nawara, “Pinmonkey” Blog

“This is an excellent information tool with great potential. Nobody, at least in the public safety community, has put together such a quick, easy to understand [tool].”

— Tom Tolman, National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center, U.S. Department of Justice

Cover picture and featured graphic in Visualizing Information for Advocacy: An Introduction to Information Design, Open Society Institute Information Program, January 2008.

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