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FCC Fines Maker of Light Fixtures. Really. | CommLawBlog, Nov 2017
The FCC proposed a fine of $25,000 against a manufacturer of fluorescent lighting fixtures.
CommLawBlog  RF-noise  enforcement  Enforcement-Bureau 
december 2017 by pierredv
Report Reveals Discord In FSS | CommLawBlog, June 2010
"The past few years, the report has been a snooze, mainly because Intelsat and Inmarsat have been the only ones bothering to comment. Relying on such a limited, one-sided record, the Commission’s reports to Congress have tended to describe a rosy, peaceful view of the privatization process. This year’s report, however, is anything but rosy or peaceful. Rather, it reveals a growing acrimony within the Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) industry."
satellite  FSS  ORBIT-Act  CommLawBlog 
april 2017 by pierredv
FOIA Request Turns Up Info on Non-FCC-Compliant Transmitters. | CommLawBlog
"AT&T’s Puerto Rico transmitter was certified for operation over 5735-5840 MHz, but it was being operated at a frequency outside that range. Moreover, the transmitter lacked the required capability to listen for weather radar signals, and if it found them, to avoid the frequencies on which they occur – a feature called “dynamic frequency selection,” or DFS. The transmitter was manufactured by Motorola, which knows how to comply with FCC technical rules. But the transmitter was non-compliant when FCC inspectors found it in operation – on a non-certified frequency and lacking DFS – in AT&T’s Puerto Rico system. Moreover, the FCC has identified other non-compliant transmitters operating in the same band. In every case we know of, the transmitter was made by Motorola, and all came from the same “Canopy” product line. What went wrong?"
CommLawBlog  Mike-Marcus  Mitchell-Lazarus  TDWR  interference  5GHz 
september 2016 by pierredv
FCC Changes Stance on Open-Source Security - commLawBlog Jan 2010
"For the last few years, the FCC has been playing a Bob-like role. Not about mechanical locks, of course, but over security precautions for software defined radios (SDRs)." "That critique of open source elements is a slap in the face to the Alices of the world. One such group, the SDR Forum, asked the FCC to drop the last sentence quoted above, and to allow free publication of security mechanisms, so long as there is no intent to defeat the FCC rules. Surprisingly, at least to us, the FCC dismissed the request on a technicality. "
CommLawBlog  FCC  Mitchell-Lazarus  SDR  opensource 
january 2016 by pierredv
“Enhanced” Interference Complaint Process: Your Complaint is Important to Us; Please Remain on the Line. - CommLawBlog Sep 2015
"As we reported in July, the FCC is saying sayonara to 11 of its 24 Field Offices. Also as we reported, when it announced that cut-back on July 16, the Commission committed to issuing, within six weeks, “new procedures addressing how complaints can be ‘escalated through the field offices’.” Let’s see – six weeks from July 16 would be, um, August 27. And sure enough, just like clock-work, on August 27 the Enforcement Bureau issued a public notice touting “enhance[d] procedures for public safety and industry interference complaints.” While the Bureau’s adherence to its Commission-imposed deadline is admirable, its public notice leaves (a) many questions unanswered and (b) us less than impressed (favorably, at least)."
CommLawBlog  FCC  enforcement  enforcement-bureau  interference  EB 
september 2015 by pierredv
Getting Rulemaking Petitions On File Online : CommLawBlog
The Commission has announced that petitions for rulemaking may now be filed electronically
CommLawBlog  FCC  process  howto  filing  rulemaking 
april 2015 by pierredv
Marriott Checks Out of Declaratory Ruling/Rulemaking Proceeding : CommLawBlog Feb 2015
"Not surprisingly, Marriott (and the other requesters) have now withdrawn their request for declaratory ruling (and the FCC has lost no time in officially bidding it adieu)."
FCC  Marriott  enforcement  spectrum  Wi-Fi  CommLawBlog 
february 2015 by pierredv
ECFS Now Available for Non-Docketed Filings : CommLawBlog
"In a move presumably designed to make everybody’s lives easier, the Commission has expanded its Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) to accept a wide range of filings that previously could be filed only on paper. That’s good news. But before you take advantage of this new opportunity, be sure you’re familiar with the fine print."
FCC  ECFS  CommLawBlog 
december 2014 by pierredv
Marriott Wants FCC Guidance on How Far Venues Can Go to Control Their Wi-Fi Networks : CommLawBlog
"While the consent decree was being negotiated, Marriott mustered some reinforcements and took the offensive. Last August, joined by the American Hospitality and Lodging Association and Ryman Hospital Properties, Marriott filed a Petition for Declaratory Ruling or, in the Alternative, for Rulemaking asking the FCC to clarify exactly what operators of large venues may do to protect the security and quality of their own Wi-Fi networks."
FCC  Marriott  Wi-Fi  CommLawBlog 
november 2014 by pierredv
Drone Update: While FAA Continues to Swat at Drones, an Appeal of its Policy Takes Off : CommLawBlog May 2014
"FAA “looks into” commercial drone use while Texas group seeks D.C. Circuit review of FAA drone policies."
CommLawBlog  FAA  drones 
may 2014 by pierredv
Harmonic Convergence? FM Interference to 700 MHz LTE Service : CommLawBlog
"700 MHz licensees (with some apparent FCC support) complain of FM interference to hypersensitive LTE gear – but must FM licensees foot the bill to correct the problem?"
CommLawBlog  interference-limits  interference  FM  LTE  700MHz 
october 2013 by pierredv
Bulbs Behind Bars II: FCC Goes After Hair Salon Lighting Fixture : CommLawBlog: "Light bulb"
The salon’s fluorescent lights emitted a stray radio signal at 705 MHz, part of a band licensed to AT&T for the delivery of 4G service to smartphones and tablets. This particular frequency is used for transmissions from a mobile device to a cell tower, such as the cell tower that rises up directly behind the Perfect Cuts Salon.
fluorescents  CommLawBlog  interference  700MHz  AT&T  noise 
october 2013 by pierredv
Who Needs the FCC? : CommLawBlog
"The recent government shutdown was applauded by some who believe that small government is better, and so, by extension, that no government at all must be better still. That got us to thinking. Not about the whole government, just the piece we know best: the FCC. Suppose the FCC closed for good. Would anybody notice? (Other than us; we’d have to find another line of work.) In other words: How essential is the FCC to a functioning society?" Lists three areas: 1. licensing 2. technical rules 3. international treaty negotiations
CommLawBlog  Mitchell-Lazarus  FCC 
october 2013 by pierredv
Project Runway: FCC Authorizes Radar for Detecting Foreign Objects on Airport Runways : CommLawBlog
"78-81 GHz will be available for radiolocation, but for FOD only, and only on a licensed basis.  (In a separate proceeding the FCC will continue to consider whether to authorize unlicensed radar operations for other applications in a number of bands, including this band.)" "Note, though, that a nearby band at 76-77 GHz is authorized for unlicensed FOD radar at respectable power levels. "
aviation  waiver  CommLawBlog  radar  80GHz  FCC  rules  mmWave 
july 2013 by pierredv
Did Verizon Short its Customers - and the FCC - $250 million (or More)? : CommLawBlog
"D. C. communications lawyers Smithwick & Belendiuk ask FCC Inspector General to take another look at 2010 consent decree that may not have been all it was cracked up to be." "despite any claims the FCC might make to “transparency”, there remain aspects of the agency’s regulatory activities which are anything but transparent"
transparency  Verizon  CommLawBlog  FCC  governance 
july 2013 by pierredv
FCC Proposes to Overhaul Equipment Certification Procedure : CommLawBlog
"The FCC’s extensive technical rules try to ensure, among other goals, that devices emitting radio-frequency energy do not cause interference to one another. The FCC enforces these rules through a set of “equipment authorization” procedures designed to confirm compliance before a covered device can be imported into or marketed in the United States. For the past quarter-century, the FCC has periodically streamlined the procedures and handed off authority to commercial providers. A new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking continues that trend."
certification  testing  equipment  FCC  CommLawBlog 
february 2013 by pierredv
FCC Cases on Blanketing Interference - The Responsibility of Broadcasters to their Neighbors : Broadcast Law Blog 2008
"In two recent cases, the FCC discussed the issue of "blanketing interference," the interference that can be caused by a broadcaster to electronic devices that are located in homes and businesses near to the station's transmitter site."
CommLawBlog  interference  blanketing-interference  spectrum  broadcasting  FCC 
january 2013 by pierredv
FCC Seeks Comment on Interference into Unlicensed Devices : CommLawBlog Mitch Lazarus Feb 2012
" The FCC has asked for comment on whether the licensed Location and Monitoring Service (LMS) at 902-928 MHz will cause interference to unlicensed devices in that band"
unlicensed  LMS  Part15  900MHz  interference  CommLawBlog 
february 2012 by pierredv
FCC Proposes to Reform Video Relay Service : CommLawBlog Dec 2011
"The FCC is trying to update the Video Relay Service (VRS), which enables people who can’t hear to have near-normal telephone conversations with those who can. Did we say “update”? Actually, “complete overhaul” may be more what the Commission has in mind."
FCC  regulation  disability  CommLawBlog 
december 2011 by pierredv
Unlicensed PCS : CommLawBlog May 2010
"Unlike most unlicensed bands, 1920-1930 MHz has a “listen before talk” requirement. A device must monitor a channel before using it, and can transmit when signal levels are below a certain threshold. If the unit has monitored at least 40 channels and found signals to be too high on all of them, it can transmit on the quietest, so long as the activity there is below a second, higher threshold. The FCC proposes to change these rules."
CommLawBlog  FCC  UPCS  unlicensed 
august 2011 by pierredv
Overall Backhaul Overhaul Update: New Rules Adopted, More on the Way : CommLawBlog
" The FCC has now adopted the proposals it put forth a year ago to facilitate the use of fixed service spectrum for wireless backhaul" the new rules will: = Allow fixed service wireless into the 7 and 13 GHz bands currently occupied by broadcast auxiliary services (BAS) and cable TV relay service (CARS) = Permit adaptive modulation = Eliminate the “final link” rule
fcc  wireless  backhaul  CommLawBlog  via  Steve  Crowley  cars  BAS  spectrum-sharing 
august 2011 by pierredv
Unprotected Six? : CommLawBlog
"National Public Radio (NPR) has asked the Commission to dump the Channel 6 protection obligations (set out in Section 73.525) which have been imposed on noncommercial FM stations for the last quarter century. While the proposal no doubt appeals strongly to NPR’s NCE-FM constituency, the television side of the universe – and particularly current Channel 6 licensees and viewers – can’t be happy..." "The protection requirements were imposed in the first place because the portion of the FM band reserved for NCE operations butts up against Channel 6, spectrum-wise." via Dale Hatfield
wireless  rf  interference  CommLawBlog  Examples 
january 2010 by pierredv

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