Blackberries, Razors, and Droids. OMG! We spend so much time with them, but cell phones are still a mystery. How do our voices travel through the air? Why do our bills work the way they do? Who owns the air?
"What the Cell?" is a documentary about how cell phone signals travel, what spectrum is, and how regulation and current business models shape what we can do with phones today. The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) worked with an intrepid group of NYC high school students to interview engineers, lawyers, consumer advocates, and electrophysicists; we inspected a high-security switching station; and we scoped out Consumers Reports' test labs. "What the Cell?" breaks down the switches, wires, airwaves, and policies that affect your cell phone service. Check out the video and get to know your airwaves a little better.
The video is a collaboration of Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), CUP teaching artist Helki Frantzen, and students from St. John's Recreation Center in Brooklyn. Learn more at welcometoCUP.org