Spectrum : A Fundamental Human Right

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The internet allows people with an internet connection and an electronic device such as a computer or a smartphone to access information available on it and facilitates communication between the people connected to it. In the early days of communication, one could send messages and take part in chat rooms. Moreover, with the advancement of technology and increase in connectivity, we can not only make audio calls using the internet but also be able to broadcast a live video along with it. Allowing millions to see and hear each other no matter where they are as long as they have an internet connection and a device that can receive and transmit audio and video signals.

The internet is home to countless forums, videos and audio files. Furthermore, with social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. sharing opinions, news and the experience of daily life has brought the world together and helped globalization become a reality. With Youtube and several other media libraries, you can be able to watch videos created by others and at the same time share videos that you have created. Newspapers and publishing houses despite their print media have websites online due to the massive online presence of users who can not only read their articles but also give their opinions about them in the comment section and react to news. In a world that is proactively voicing their thoughts about everything and anything, the ability to talk to anyone else around the world through a voice call is invaluable. These are just a few examples of how the internet plays an integral role in providing a multifaceted medium for its users to express themselves and at the same time interact with the content of others. As everyone has the right to express themselves, the internet is the best way to do so. It allows for instantaneous expression, anytime and anywhere as long as you have an internet connection.

The ability to use the internet for voice calls is important as it allows anyone to call domestically or internationally without incurring huge phone bills or charges. The only charge is for the data usage to make these calls. With applications and software such as Whatsapp, Skype, Viber and countless more, any user can make free calls as long as there is an internet connection. This avoids the problem of call drops which is a symptom of congestion of the spectrum being used for making calls by the telecommunication companies.

The use of a free spectrum which is unlicensed allows for the telecom industry to use a spectrum that is not congested without having to buy it from the government or obtain special permission to use it. This allows the growing number of new users and the existing users to use the available unused spectrums and focus their resources by allocating it towards maintaining call quality and avoiding call drops. Until the use of the other spectrums apart from the licensed ones starts, we will continue to deal with bad call quality and call drops due to the overuse of the current spectrums. As a fundamental right, everyone should voice their need for communication networks to be available and readily accessible to all.



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