DEF as a Community Radio Facilitator with CEMCA

Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) along with partners, including CEMCA envisaged the concept of facilitating establishing community radio, content development and technology facilitation and now also acting as a CR Facilitator Centre and help in applying for Community Radio License Process.

Ritu Srivastava at
Amit Kumar at
Tel No: 011-26532786

DEF’s frugal innovation on community radio

An example of a ‘barefoot innovator’ is Raghav Mahto from Vaishali district in Bihar. Only a second grade pass, Mahto was inspired by a cordless microphone to create an FM radio transmitter with which he transmitted for fi ve years from his electronics repair shop, pioneering the concept of community radio with cheap broadcast equipment,…

The Community Radio Movement in India

In India the campaign to legitimise community radio began in the mid-1990s, soon after the Supreme Court of India ruled in its judgment of February 1995 that “airwaves are public property”. This inspired groups across the country; however, only educational (campus) radio stations were originally permitted (under a number of conditions). Anna FM was India’s first campus “community” radio…

Internet Rights

The “Internet Rights” is an initiative through which DEF is consistently making an effort to make Internet as a medium to reach the masses, to create even opportunities and linkages between haves and have-nots so that the grassroots knowledge reaches the economic prosperity and vice versa through information communication technology and digital media. With its…

How not to kill the golden goose?

The Supreme Court’s order that the government must auction all future 2G spectrum has raised the spectre that players will bid so high for spectrum that they will have little to spend on rolling out urgently-needed networks. Cash-strapped players, it is being argued, will have no choice but to punish customers with high tariffs.