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FCC Radio Frequency Service Interference Complaint Portal - PSIX-ESIX
To submit radio interference complaints on behalf of public safety entities, first responders, police, fire, law enforcement or a federal agency, click the Public Safety link below. To submit radio interference complaints on behalf of a commercial or federal entity, click the Enterprise link below. For consumer complaints involving TV, phone, internet, radio, or emergency communications, click the Consumer link below.
FCC  public-safety  Interference  EB  enforcement  Enforcement-Bureau 
15 days ago by pierredv
Unlicensed Signal Boosters Get a Boost From Amazon | WIRED Aug 2019
Via Blake Reid

"The FCC requires booster manufacturers to get their products certified as safe, and it publishes each valid certification on its website. WIRED found a number of sellers offering boosters on Amazon that are not listed as certified by the FCC."
Amazon  cellular  enforcement  FCC 
7 weeks ago by pierredv
FCC Begins Closing Nearly A Dozen Field Offices. | Story | aug 2016
"The Federal Communications Commission will soon be packing its boxes in nearly a dozen field offices as the Enforcement Bureau begins implementing the agency’s plans to consolidate operations into fewer locations and rely on a strike force based in Washington, DC. "
FCC  enforcement  Enforcement-Bureau  EB 
january 2019 by pierredv
Swarm, after FCC blunder, hires satellite regulatory veteran Kalpak Gude - Jan 2019
"Swarm Technologies, a satellite communications startup infamous for launching four satellites without regulatory approval last year, has hired Kalpak Gude, a well-known spectrum and regulatory expert, to lead its global regulatory activity."

"The FCC fined Swarm $900,000 last month, and stipulated that the startup designate a regulatory compliance director to prevent similar missteps. "
SwarmTechnologies  SpaceNews  FCC  enforcement  satellite  EB 
january 2019 by pierredv Information About GPS Jamming
includes list of FCC advisories and enforcement actions
GPS  jamming  enforcement 
december 2018 by pierredv
FCC fines Swarm $900,000 for unauthorized smallsat launch - Dec 2018 Dec 2018
Swarm Technologies will pay $900,000 to settle an investigation by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission into the startup’s launch of four picosatellites on an Indian rocket this January without regulatory approval, the FCC announced Dec. 20.
space  FCC  enforcement  Enforcement-Bureau  EB  Satellites  SwarmTechnologies  satellite 
december 2018 by pierredv
Enforcement Advisories | Federal Communications Commission
The Enforcement Bureau is committed] to strong, vigorous, and fair enforcement of the Commission's rules. . . . The Enforcement Bureau will periodically release Enforcement Advisories, which are designed to educate businesses about and alert consumers to what's required by FCC rules, the purpose of those rules and why they're important to consumers, as well as the consequences of failures to comply. We hope that these Advisories will become a familiar tool for industry and their counsel as they conduct periodic compliance reviews and increase their internal, self-policing efforts.
FCC  EB  enforcement  Enforcement-Bureau 
october 2018 by pierredv
Regulatory Monitors by Rory Van Loo :: SSRN
via Blake Reid, Jul 2018


Like police officers patrolling the streets for crime, the front line for most large business regulators — Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) engineers, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) examiners, and Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) inspectors, among others — decide when and how to enforce the law. These regulatory monitors guard against toxic air, financial ruin, and deadly explosions. Yet whereas scholars devote considerable attention to police officers in criminal law enforcement, they have paid limited attention to the structural role of regulatory monitors in civil law enforcement. This Article is the first to chronicle the statutory rise of regulatory monitors and to situate them empirically at the core of modern administrative power. Since the Civil War, often in response to crises, the largest federal regulators have steadily accrued authority to collect documents remotely and enter private space without any suspicion of wrongdoing. Those exercising this monitoring authority within agencies administer the law at least as much as the groups that are the focus of legal scholarship: enforcement lawyers, administrative law judges, and rule writers. Regulatory monitors wield sanctions, influence rulemaking, and create quasi-common law. Moreover, they offer a better fit than lawyers for the modern era of “collaborative governance” and corporate compliance departments, because their principal function — information collection — is less adversarial. Yet unlike lawsuits and rulemaking, monitoring-based decisions are largely unobservable by the public, often unreviewable by courts, and explicitly excluded by the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). The regulatory monitor function can thus be more easily ramped up or deconstructed by the President, interest groups, and agency directors. A better understanding of regulatory monitors — and their relationship with regulatory lawyers — is vital to designing democratic accountability not only during times of political transition, but as long as they remain a central pillar of the administrative state.
SSRN  enforcement  regulation  law 
august 2018 by pierredv
CRFS publishes White Paper on Machine Learning — CRFS, Dec 2017
Via Dale Hatfield, March 2018

"Machine Learning and RF Spectrum Intelligence Gathering"

"Many applications that are central to RF spectrum intelligence gathering require some sort of pattern recognition. For example, to classify a signal by type we need to identify the particular pattern associated with the modulation, while to recognise that there is an interesting signal present in received data, we need to distinguish between pattern and noise.

In this White Paper, we explore how machine learning techniques can be applied to these applications of signal classification and anomaly detection to deliver faster and more effective performance to customers."
CRFS  signal-processing  enforcement  AI  ML  machine-learning  spectrum 
april 2018 by pierredv
FCC Accuses Stealthy Startup of Launching Rogue Satellites - IEEE Spectrum Mar 2018
"Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had dismissed Swarm’s application for its experimental satellites a month earlier, on safety grounds."

"On Wednesday, the FCC sent Swarm a letter revoking its authorization for a follow-up mission with four more satellites, due to launch next month. A pending application for a large market trial of Swarm’s system with two Fortune 100 companies could also be in jeopardy."

"An unauthorized launch would also call into question the ability of secondary satellite ‘ride-share’ companies and foreign launch providers to comply with U.S. space regulations."

"Swarm would provide solar-powered gateways that would collect data from nearby IoT devices using Bluetooth, LoRa, or Wi-Fi, then beam them up to an orbiting SpaceBee using VHF radio. When the SpaceBee passed over a ground station that was connected to the Internet, it would beam the data down again, and on to its end user."
FCC  enforcement  satellite  IoT  launch  space-debris 
march 2018 by pierredv
European satellite 'blinded' by radio interference - Oct 2010
The European Space Agency (ESA) said on Wednesday that it had launched a behind-the-scenes campaign to shut down illicit radio and TV transmissions interfering with a major climate satellite.
The 315-million-euro (434-million-dollar) Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) probe "has been bugged by patches of interference from radar, TV and radio transmissions in what should be a protected band," ESA complained.
satellite  harmful-interference  Interference  EarthObservation  ESA  enforcement 
february 2018 by pierredv
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
Carrier ID - Technology - Newtec
"With satellite interference becoming an increasing problem, Carrier Identification (CID) is an important part of the solution to mitigate carrier interference. CID is a signal embedded into a video or data transmission path. It allows satellite operators and end users to identify the source of an interfering carrier. The transition to CID has started from 1 January 2015"
satellite  interference  enforcement  CarrierID 
september 2017 by pierredv
I-Connect007 :: Article The Radio Frequency Spectrum + Machine Learning = a New Wave in Radio Technology
" there now is a need to apply ML to the invisible realm of radio frequency (RF) signals, according to program manager Paul Tilghman of DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office. To further that cause, DARPA today announced its new Radio Frequency Machine Learning Systems (RFMLS) program."

“What I am imagining is the ability of an RF Machine Learning system to see and understand the composition of the radio frequency spectrum – the kinds of signals occupying it, differentiating those that are ‘important’ from the background, and identifying those that don’t follow the rules,” said Tilghman.

"stand up an RF forensics capability to identify unique and peculiar signals amongst the proverbial cocktail party of signals out there"

"The RFMLS program features four technical components that would integrate into future RFML systems:"
= feature learning
= attention and saliency
= autonomous RF sensor configuration
= waveform synthesis
machine-learning  ML  DARPA  enforcement  forensics  mirror-worlds  *  spectrum 
september 2017 by pierredv
USAF Wants Authority To Down Drones After F-22 Near Miss | Defense content from Aviation Week
"As drone technology becomes cheaper and more commercially available, the U.S. Air Force is increasingly worried about the threats posed by small UAS such as quadcopters. But while the service is developing the tools to defend against these systems—from jamming their electronics to shooting them down—it lacks the legal authority to use them, says Gen. James Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command."

"Dealing with commercial drones near protected facilities is a complicated legal issue. The FAA is responsible for all U.S. airspace, and has already established no-fly zones over every U.S. military base so any drone flight there is illegal. But determining when it is OK for the military to disable or destroy UAS that wander into its facilities is still something of a gray area. Outside the Pentagon and FAA, multiple government agencies are involved, including the Department of Homeland Security and even the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which mandates that only government agencies can use jamming against drones."
USAF  drones  UAS  AviationWeek  enforcement  Interference 
july 2017 by pierredv
FCC failing on spectrum enforcement, says Washington source — PolicyTracker: the spectrum management newsletter
Critics say recent cases demonstrate a lack of resources but the US regulator has defended its record.
“Enforcement is not a high priority for political people," the source said. "The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) spent almost $1 million to make payroll savings by firing most of the enforcement people. My theory is that they have a budget crisis.”
FCC  enforcement  Enforcement-Bureau  PolicyTracker 
august 2016 by pierredv
ASRS - Aviation Safety Reporting System
"ASRS captures confidential reports, analyzes the resulting aviation safety data, and disseminates vital information to the aviation community."
safety  enforcement  NASA  aviation  reporting  spectrum-monitoring 
june 2016 by pierredv
European Commission consultation explores idea of giving spectrum enforcement powers to RSPG — PolicyTracker May 2016
"One of the questions in the European Commission's recent consultation on its review of the EU regulatory framework for electronic communications asked respondents to consider the possibility of outcomes of cross-border coordination and equitable access efforts being enshrined in EU law. Many have interpreted this as a move towards giving legislative force to the RSPG’s “good offices” approach. "
PolicyTracker  enforcement  RSPG  EC  EuropeanCommission 
may 2016 by pierredv
Can DAB save us from the pirates? - PolicyTracker Feb 2016
"With the UK communications regulator Ofcom cracking down on unlicensed broadcasters and the advent of cheaply available digital radio (DAB) licences and other forms of internet radio, will British pirate radio soon be extinct? Trials by Ofcom and the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have sought to shift pirate broadcasters from FM frequencies onto DAB and community licences, but homemade antennae continue to pop up all over the UK."
Ofcom  PolicyTracker  enforcement  FM 
february 2016 by pierredv
FCC Enforcement in Action: The Mysterious AT&T San Juan Case | SpectrumTalk - The MSS Blog March 2011
quotes "The original software defined radio (SDR) rules adopted in Docket 00-47 in September 2001 had the following requirement: 2.932(e) Manufacturers must take steps to ensure that only software that has been approved with a software defined radio can be loaded into such a radio."
Mike-Marcus  FCC  enforcement  SDR 
february 2016 by pierredv
EB - Market Disputes Resolution Division
"The Market Disputes Resolution Division (MDRD) mediates and adjudicates complex disputes brought by market participants, entities, or organizations against common carriers (47 U.S.C. § 208), broadband Internet access providers (47 U.S.C. § 208), commercial mobile data services providers (47 C.F.R. § 20.12) or utility pole owners (47 U.S.C. § 224). The disputes concern a wide variety of subjects, including access stimulation, inter-carrier compensation, interconnection/collocation, tariff interpretation, number portability, payphone compensation, Open Internet, data roaming, and pole attachment access and rates. "
FCC  enforcement-bureau  enforcement  mediation  disputes 
february 2016 by pierredv
Regulation by Citation | Federal Communications Commission - Mike O'Rielly
“While most FCC enforcement actions take the form of a Notice of Apparent Liability, Forfeiture Order, or Consent Decree, recent events have called attention to another means: FCC citations. In summary, current law prevents the FCC from pursuing a fine against a company that is not generally regulated by the Commission unless it is previously issued a written citation. While this additional step is intended to provide more notice and due process for non-regulatees, the recent use of citations seems to provide fewer protections than envisioned by the law. Additionally, I am concerned that citations are being used as another tool to expand the FCC’s reach and thus its mission – a maneuver that amounts to regulation by citation. Both concerns must be remedied and this can occur while working well within the statutory structure that Congress provided.”
FCC  enforcement  regulation  Michael-O'Rielly 
january 2016 by pierredv
FCC uncollected fines irk Congress - POLITICO
"FCC proposes millions in fines, collects $0 The disconnect is drawing scrutiny from members of Congress"
FCC  enforcement-bureau  enforcement  fines  collection  Politico 
december 2015 by pierredv
Eroding the Rule of Law: Regulation as Cooperative Bargaining at the FCC | Benton Foundation
precis of Phoenix Paper "Because of the multiplicity of issues being adjudicated “simultaneously” materially affects the nature of the resulting bargains, the rise in cooperative bargaining reduces the likelihood that past regulatory action will produce useful legal precedents for regulated firms." "As we show, the concessions have little to do with the merits but were instead used by the Commission to achieve political outcomes that could not otherwise be legitimately achieved through generic, industry-wide rulemakings. We then turn to the game-theoretic analysis of issue bundling and discuss the basic theoretical results, as well as some caveats and possible extensions. Conclusions and policy considerations are at the end."
PhoenixCenter  Benton  enforcement  regulation  FCC  consent-decrees 
november 2015 by pierredv
FCC to fine Hilton Hotels $25K for not cooperating in Wi-Fi blocking investigation - FierceWirelessTech
"The FCC's Enforcement Bureau has proposed a $25,000 fine against Hilton Worldwide Holdings for what the FCC calls an apparent obstruction of an investigation into whether Hilton engaged in the blocking of consumers' Wi-Fi devices." "The FCC also plans a $718,000 fine against M.C. Dean for blocking consumers' Wi-Fi connections at the Baltimore Convention Center." "Commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O'Rielly, the two Republicans on the commission, dissented on the M.C. Dean enforcement action, saying they wanted to see an industry-wide rulemaking to consider more specifics. "
FierceWireless  FCC  enforcement  enforcement-bureau  EB  Wi-Fi  Hilton 
november 2015 by pierredv
How Congress lost control of the regulators | TheHill
"At the center of the analysis is the identification of a growing phenomenon that the Phoenix Center labels as "issue bundling." As the Phoenix Center explains, issue bundling occurs when the regulator and the regulated make a deal to combine a variety of unrelated issues in exchange for regulatory relief."
Larry-Spiwak  PhoenixCenter  enforcement  mergers  FCC  opinion 
october 2015 by pierredv
Lisa A. Shay, Gregory Conti, Woodrow Hartzog, John Nelson, & Dominic Larkin on “Confronting Automated Law Enforcement”
"Automated law enforcement will be an expanding option for law enforcement and allow for the meticulous enforcement of laws, while reducing manpower requirements. The authors examine the ways automated law enforcement can be applied to current and future police and government practice. They propose an analytic framework for analyzing new technologies as they weigh the effects Woody Hartzog of law enforcement automation on police efficiency against personal and societal costs. Their framework incorporates: (1) the subject being monitored, (2) the law enforcement agencies that conduct surveillance, analysis, and enforcement, and (3) a judicial system that determines guilt and imposes punishment. Automation in any of these areas triggers the considerations covered in the paper."
enforcement  AI  automation  law 
october 2015 by pierredv
Create outrage and challenge authority with just a few clicks - New Scientist - Aug 2015
“In certain US cities, drivers who receive a parking ticket can snap a picture of it and upload it via the apps WinIt, Cited or Fixed. Software identifies information like the ticket ID, and scans the details for errors or cross-references them against other sources, such as the street labels on Google Maps. Then human experts look the case over and, if a defence can be made, contest the fine on the driver’s behalf.” “But as it gets easier for people to register their grievances, it may get harder for the authorities to process them, says Harry Surden" “Perhaps the solution is for dispute resolution itself to be partly automated. Auction site eBay and internet payment system PayPal rely on a San Jose company called Modria to handle most disputes between users. Modria’s platform collects details of the transaction, checks them against the rules in its system, and then spits out a judgement. "
NewScientist  AI  adjudication  lobbying  crowdsourcing  enforcement  disputes 
october 2015 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
Radio World: FCC Rules on Non-Directional Antennas
This extreme pattern distortion effect was reportedly used by the station licensee to extend its coverage into Forth Worth, and in the process, it produced significant contour overlap and interference to another FM station, KCKL in Malakoff, Texas. The licensee of KCKL complained and a long (three-year) process of back and forth ensued, culminating in a show cause order issued last March by the FCC that sought to modify the KFWR station license to specify a directional antenna, i.e. licensing the greatly distorted “non-directional” pattern as directional and forcing a reduction of transmitter power output to 45% of its nominal value so that the maximum ERP of the antenna did not exceed the C0 class maximum of 100 kW.
FCC  enforcement  FM  interference  antennas 
august 2015 by pierredv
Revising the penalty guidelines | Ofcom 2015
“Ofcom proposes to amend its approach, which will provide greater flexibility for there to be higher penalties where appropriate and proportionate, in order to create a stronger deterrent effect to reduce regulatory contraventions.” “Ofcom’s experience of applying the current guidelines suggests that the level of penalties imposed may not have created a sufficient deterrent effect to ensure effective compliance with relevant regulatory provisions by providers as a whole across a number of the sectors we regulate.” “In particular, we propose to make changes that, amongst other things, make explicit the link between the objective of deterrence and the size and turnover of the regulated body subject to the penalty. This would reflect that, although there is not necessarily a direct linear relationship between these variables, the larger the regulated body, the greater the penalty may need to be, in appropriate cases, in order to achieve a deterrent effect on it and others.”
Ofcom  enforcement 
july 2015 by pierredv
Diary of a DASaster: DAS Gone Wild - CooperGeneral
In April, 2015, Public Safety agencies in Miami-Dade and Broward counties began experiencing Destructive Interference, the likes of which are rarely seen. Over a period of several days, communications for police, fire, and EMS services in dozens of jurisdictions were vastly impaired, with strange noises, dropped signals, and thousands of missed radio calls.
CooperGeneral  DAS  interference  enforcement 
july 2015 by pierredv
EB - Field Activity and Actions
Commission and/or Enforcement Bureau enforcement actions that resulted from inspections and investigations conducted by the Bureau's field offices.
FCC  EB  enforcement  enforcement-bureau 
july 2015 by pierredv
A fearful number | The Economist
No number strikes fear into bankers’ hearts like “311”. That is the section of America’s Patriot Act of 2001 that gives the Treasury sweeping powers to act against those who facilitate financial crime, anywhere in the world, by labelling them a “primary money-laundering concern”. For firms badly behaved or unlucky enough to be targeted, a 311 designation is more often than not a death sentence. … Another alarming feature of 311s is that there is no requirement to make detailed evidence public, or even available to a court, to justify the action. It is an administrative procedure, not a judicial one. Only the Treasury knows how much evidence it has, and how reliable it is. Moreover, there is scant recourse for those targeted. Challenges can be heard by a federal court, but the bank has to show that the action was “arbitrary and capricious”, which is especially hard to prove given the secrecy of the process.
TheEconomist  finance  law  governance  adjudication  enforcement 
june 2015 by pierredv
Links to: Private Land Mobile Interference Complaints Complaints of Willful and/or Malicious Interference to Amateur Operations Broadcast Interference Complaints
FCC  enforcement  enforcement-bureau  PLMR  EB  land-mobile-radio  broadcasting 
april 2015 by pierredv
Consider a New Way to Combat Pirate Radio Stations | blog Michael O'Rielly
Seems to be in favor of giving broadcasters the right to bring a civil action, while at the same time saying that the Commission shouldn’t transfer its spectrum enforcement authority to the court system ex worries about the specter of more lawsuits, especially class actions In the end he proposes that we “narrowly permit a limited and targeted private right of action here to be used only by broadcasters” i.e. by licensees.
enforcement  FCC  FCC-EB  enforcement-bureau 
april 2015 by pierredv
FCC Enforcement Bureau Field Resources Poised to Shrink - ARRL March 2015
"According to an internal FCC Enforcement Bureau (EB) memorandum, the Bureau plans to ask the full Commission to cut two-thirds of its field offices and eliminate nearly one-half of its field agents. At the same time, the Bureau would develop a so-called “Tiger Team” of field agents as a flexible strike force it could deploy as needed."
ARRL  FCC  EB  Enforcement-Bureau  enforcement 
march 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
FCC's Wi-Fi stop-block order leaves other questions unanswered - FierceWirelessTech
"While the FCC is cracking down hard on Wi-Fi blocking and blasting Marriott International's request to do just that, the FCC so far hasn't addressed other questions that Marriott and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) put forth in their petition last year."
FierceWireless  FCC  Wi-Fi  Marriott  enforcement 
february 2015 by pierredv
FCC: Do not block Wi-Fi, and jamming devices are illegal - FierceWirelessTech
"In case there were any doubts, the FCC is making it clear that it will not tolerate any form of Wi-Fi blocking, whether it's in hotels, conference centers or some other commercial establishment."
FCC  enforcement  Wi-Fi  Marriott  FierceWireless 
january 2015 by pierredv
Marriott tentatively backs off Wi-Fi blocking plans | Ars Technica Jan 2015
"In a brief statement on Wednesday evening, hotel chain Marriott International said that it would not block any personal Wi-Fi devices belonging to its customers."
Marriott  FCC  Wi-Fi  enforcement 
january 2015 by pierredv
FCC issues violation notice to Nike for faulty DAS network card - FierceWirelessTech
"Citing a faulty UHF amplifier card in its corporate distributed antenna system (DAS) network, the FCC's Enforcement Bureau issued a Notice of Violation to Nike. The underlying incident occurred on Nov. 18, 2014, when an Enforcement Bureau agent traced interfering signals to Nike's corporate DAS network in Hillsboro, Ore., according to a Hogan Lovells blog. The agent identified a defective UHF amplifier card in the SOLiD Technologies DAS at the remote hub."
FierceWireless  DAS  enforcement  FCC  Nike 
january 2015 by pierredv - Sailing with the Pirate Surveyors, Jan 2014
via Dale Hatfield About surveyors that use RTK base station transmitters without FCC licenses
surveying  GPS  RTK  enforcement  piracy 
january 2015 by pierredv
Reexamination of FCC Spectrum Enforcement and Dispute Resolution Mechanism | Samuelson-Glushko Technology Law & Policy Clinic (TLPC)
Post by TLPC student attorneys "In this Comment, the TLPC encourages the FCC to take the next step in spectrum management by reexamining existing spectrum enforcement mechanisms."
TLPC  ColoradoLaw  FCC  enforcement 
november 2014 by pierredv
FCC Adds Cybersecurity to Its Oversight - US News Nov 2014
"The Federal Communications Commission entered the data security business Friday with a bang, charging a record $10 million fine against two telecommunicatons companies whose neglect put up to 300,000 customers at risk of identity theft."
FCC  cybersecurity  enforcement 
november 2014 by pierredv
FCC to Marriott: No, you can’t force your customers onto terrible hotel WiFi - The Washington Post
"Marriott has agreed to fork over $600,000 after regulators said the hotel chain forced people to buy their pricey, slow WiFi instead of letting customers use their own personal hotspots. The Federal Communications Commission said Friday that Marriott admitted to using a jamming system in at least one of its hotels in a move that prevented visitors from connecting to the Internet via mobile broadband. The agency said employees at one Tennessee hotel, the Gaylord Opryland, deliberately sought out visitors who were using WiFi hotspots and sent "de-authentication packets" to those devices, disconnecting them from laptops, tablets and phones."
FCC  Marriott  Wi-Fi  enforcement 
october 2014 by pierredv
Marriott to pay $600K fine over Wi-Fi blocking allegations - FierceWirelessTech Oct 2014
"After conducting an investigation, the Enforcement Bureau found that employees of Marriott had used features of a Wi-Fi monitoring system at the Gaylord Opryland to contain and/or de-authenticate guest-created Wi-Fi hotspot access points in the conference facilities. In some cases, employees sent de-authentication packets to the targeted access points, which would dissociate consumers' devices from their own Wi-Fi hotspot access points and, thus, disrupt consumers' current Wi-Fi transmissions and prevent future transmissions. At the same time, Marriott was charging conference exhibitors and other attendees anywhere from $250 to $1,000 per device to use the Gaylord Wi-Fi service in the conference facilities, according to the FCC. Under the terms of the settlement, Marriott must stop using the Wi-Fi blocking technology and take "significant steps" to improve how it monitors and uses its Wi-Fi technology at the Gaylord Opryland, the FCC said. The hotel chain must file compliance"
FierceWireless  Wi-Fi  FCC  enforcement 
october 2014 by pierredv
FCC to Fine Chinese Jammer Retailer $34.9M for Online U.S. Sales : GPS World
"The Federal Communications Commission plans to issue the largest fine in its history against C.T.S. Technology Co., Limited, a Chinese electronics manufacturer and online retailer, for allegedly marketing 285 models of signal jamming devices to U.S. consumers for more than two years. The FCC applied the maximum fine allowed to each jammer model allegedly marketed by C.T.S., resulting in a planned fine of $34,912,500."
GPSWorld  FCC  jamming  GPS  enforcement 
july 2014 by pierredv
Are You an AM Directional Specialist?
The Society of Broadcast Engineers Program of Certification offers a specialist certification (AM Directional Specialist or AMD) to help evaluate an individual's ability to perform the necessary tasks to keep facilities operating properly. Maintaining directional antenna arrays involves a higher degree of skill and understanding of RF theory.
enforcement  via  Dale  Hatfield  multi-stakeholder  spectrum  AM 
october 2013 by pierredv
Netgear accuses Asus of submitting fraudulent test results to the FCC | PCWorld Aug 2013
"According to Netgear’s lawsuit, Asus’s RT-N65U, RT-AC66U, and other unnamed Asus routers fail to comply with a host of FCC regulations, including specifications for operational mode/description, peak power output, radiated emission band edge test, power density, radiated emission, RF antenna conduction, and occupied bandwidth. "
enforcement  interference  Asus  FCC  Netgear 
august 2013 by pierredv
Digging Deep Into AM Revitalization, Chris Imlay 1/16/2012 = RadioWorld
Reference to AM Revitalization
" the commission does not have a good handle on ambient RF noise levels and trends over time; it has uneven regulations governing noise-generating intentional, incidental and unintentional radiators; and its enforcement efforts in this context are both impractical and insufficient."
1. Radiated emission limits below 30 MHz in FCC Part 15 rules for unintentional emitters such as plasma TVs
2. Lower limits in Part 15 for LED light bulbs, harmonized with the lower limits for fluorescent bulbs in Part 18 rules
3. Better external labeling on packaging for Part 18 fluorescent bulbs and ballasts
4. Specific radiated and/or conducted emission limits for incidental emitters such motors or power lines
5. Establish conducted emission limits on pulse-width motor controllers used in appliances
6. Increase and enhance the visibility of FCC enforcement in power line interference cases
enforcement  interference  AM  noise 
january 2013 by pierredv
Weather Radar Interference Enforcement |
From Rashmi Doshi via Mike Cotton, re question about Rashmi's comments at ISART that "The FCC Enforcement Bureau has levied numerous penalties on U-NII device operators for unauthorized use of such equipment" (the TDWR/U-NII interference case)
FCC  radar  enforcement  interference  5GHz  U-NII  TDWR 
december 2011 by pierredv

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