Mr. Ronald J. Arceneaux   
Fulbright-Nehru Project Title: "The Conceptual Framework of India’s Mobile Spectrum Policy"
Field of Study: Study of India
Home Institution in US: San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Host Institution in India: Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi  
Start date/Month in India: December 2013
Duration of grant: Six months

Brief Bio:
Mr. Ronald Arceneaux is an associate professor in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University. He received his PhD from the University of Georgia (2007) with a dissertation that examined the role of department stores during the early years of American broadcasting. In 2008, this work was named the best dissertation of the year by three national academic organizations.

His current research explores the social construction of new media technologies, including historical phenomenon (such as wireless telegraphy) as well as emerging forms of mobile media. In 2006, he co-edited an anthology of academic studies of cell phones, The Cell Phone Reader (Peter Lang, 2006), and in 2012, he edited an updated anthology entitled The Mobile Media Reader. His research has been published in the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, American Journalism, New Media & Society, Technology & Culture and Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. Prior to joining academia, Mr. Arceneaux produced websites for the ABC, CBS and Fox television networks.

Mr. Arceneaux's Fulbright project explores the role of mobile phones in India by focusing on the perceptions and attitudes of stakeholders within the Indian mobile phone industry. Particular emphasis is given to the policy of spectrum allocation. Ideas about the proper usage of spectrum determine which mobile phone companies can operate in a given area, what kinds of services they can offer, and most importantly, the cost of access. Decisions about spectrum allocation may thus affect not only the Indian telecommunications industry, but the quality of life for millions of Indians.