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FCC to fight wireless devices that receive signals from the wrong frequenciesThe Federal Communications Commission unanimously voted to launch an inquiry into poorly designed wireless devices that receive transmissions from outside their allotted frequencies. The Notice of Inquiry (NOI) approved Thursday could result in new receiver regulations and is the first major step in the FCC's quest to prevent future conflicts like the high-profile battle between the aviation and cellular industries, in which a 5G rollout was delayed because airplane altimeters receive… (arstechnica.com) More...
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This is cute. Talk about closing the gate after the horse was let out. The ground radars on Commercial airlines were designed to FCC specs when first approved by the FCC, and FAA. Now you are letting the wireless industry off the hook for your stupid decisions.
Remember to inform the Chinese manufacturers of the final outcome.
That is going to be an interesting battle! Will be interesting to see exactly what they do with it.
Seems to me that the plain meaning of the quoted language establishing FCC's regulatory authority only authorizes regulation of transmitters and does not permit the proposed foray into regulating receivers. That will be the position that the profit-over-safety folks will take, and they will be right. When the receiver is part of an altimeter, one would have thought market forces, if not ordinary corporate responsibility, would have kept unsafe products off the market. Since the feckless corporate class doesn't give a shit about safety (only the appearance of safety) we must rely on the feckless Congress to legislate (i.e: enact a law) conferring appropriate regulatory authority, perhaps narrowly limited to receivers used by aircraft, such as in altimeters. This is not rocket science. It's pretty straight forward. I do not understand why industry leadership would not advocate for this kind of regulation. After all, if every has to live with it, it doesn't put anyone at a competitive disadvantage.
I hope you're right, but I fear they will take steps. Most consumer receivers have an FCC Type Acceptance certificate that specifically states it will accept any interference and will not cause harmful interference. Ham radio has to solve any interference it creates out of its bands. Aviation equipment used in navigation has an FAA TSO number certifying it meets technical standards. But, as has been made clear by the recent AD, the FAA can change its mind pretty much when it wants to as to compliance. You are right the phone companies don't care, unless someone starts transmitting on their guard bands and then the FCC will DF the signal and cart the broadcaster away.
This is Part 15. What I don't understand is why all devices don't have to be Part 15 compliant not just the one operating in what are technically so called unlicensed spaces.