A modest proposal:
What if there was an "X-prize" in the mould of the private competition to spur on space travel, to push an open source CITIZENS-BAND SATELLITE into earth orbit? Now my guess is that with lobbyists and all, such a thing could never get off the launchpad in this country. So maybe Larry Ellison or Google (or some other ambitious visionary bunch) in collaboration with a small third or fourth world nation seeking to establish its space presence (not knowing anything about the international regulations that may possibly have sway on such things) could sponsor such a competition. The goal of this would be to place a communications satellite in earth orbit that would begin to provide free access to anyone and everyone. Just what piece of the airwaves you could dedicate to this I don't know. Its a half-baked modest proposal at best. But how about some real competition for the telecom giants? Whatever happened to the Irridium project?