Category: FCC

OneWeb spars with SpaceX, Boeing, SES and Space Norway over FCC coverage rule

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Federal Communications Commission requirement that developers of non-geostationary-orbit (NGSO) satellite systems provide full coverage of the United States to get market access has prospective megaconstellation operators pitted against each other. The FCC, in a notice of proposed rulemaking that closed Jan. 29, asked for input on whether it should maintain the […]

ARRL Suggests FCC May Need to Intervene to Ensure Effective Antenna Rights

Commenting in response to an FCC Public Notice (DA 17-1180) released last month, ARRL addressed the extent of Amateur Radio’s response to recent hurricane disasters and efforts needed to expand the use of Amateur Radio services when it comes to planning, testing, and providing emergency communication. The comments point out that Amateur Radio not only has been “far […]

Pirate radio signals in Nederland, Ward go dark in wake of FCC action (Colorado)

A pair of unlicensed radio stations that for years had broadcast music, community events and more from high in the Boulder County foothills fell silent this week after reporting visits by the Federal Communications Commission. The operators of Nederland’s KNED 93.1 FMand Ward’s KWHR 90.5 FM each shut down their over-the-air broadcasts Wednesday following what […]

via the ARRL: FCC Announces Plans for Partial Government Shutdown

The FCC has issued a brief statement regarding its plans in the event of a partial government shutdown, which could start on January 20. “In the event of a partial government shutdown, because of available funding, the Federal Communications Commission plans to remain open and pay staff at least through the close of business on […]

Pirate radio raises its flag in Longmont — and draws high-level FCC attention (Colorado)

A pirate radio signal that first shot out across Longmont’s airwaves late last year has drawn an unusual, high-level scolding from the Federal Communications Commission — directed not at the illicit broadcasters, but to an online news outlet that wrote about their hijacking of an FM frequency. The letter from FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly raised […]

via the ARRL: NCVEC Releases New Technician License Question Pool into the Public Domain

The National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) has announced the release of the 2018-2022 Amateur Radio Element 2 Technician class license question pool into the public domain. Each question pool must be published and made available to the public prior to its use as a question set, from which individual examinations are developed. Alert the NCVEC Question […]

via the ARRL: FCC Cites Auto Dealership for Causing Harmful Interference to Cell Phone Site

The FCC Enforcement Bureau called on a North Dakota auto dealership “to stop operating devices that are causing interference to licensed radio operations and to comply with federal rules and regulations related to radio frequency devices.” The Bureau release a Citation and Order on January 9, to Lithia Toyota of Grand Forks. The case stems from interference […]

FCC tries to make Miami pirate radio station walk the plank

“Pirate radio” in 2017 takes many forms, but here’s one: a north Miami couple hosting a transmitter in their backyard shed while a DJ’s signal is piped in over the Internet and promoted on Facebook—even after multiple warnings from the government and a gear seizure by the US Marshals. Oh—did I mention the $144,344 fine? […]

via the ARRL: FCC Proposes $25,000 Fine for Breaking Now-Voluntary Labeling Rules

The FCC has proposed fining Acuity Brands Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia, $25,000 for apparently marketing radio frequency devices that were not labeled in accordance with Commission Part 18 rules at the time. The FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) on November 21. Compliance with the particular rule at issue now is voluntary. “Specifically, […]

via HACKADAY: FCC Fines Drone FPV Maker for Using Radio Spectrum

If you listen to the radio bands in the United States, you might wonder if anyone at the FCC is paying attention, or if they are too busy selling spectrum and regulating the Internet. Apparently however, they are watching some things. The commission just levied a $180,000 fine on a company in Florida for selling […]

via the ARRL: FCC Seeks Comments on Technological Advisory Council Recommendations

In a Public Notice released on December 1, the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) has invited comments by January 31, 2018, on a wide-ranging series of Technological Advisory Council (TAC) recommendations that, if implemented, could alter the spectrum policy regulatory landscape — especially with respect to interference resolution and enforcement. An advisory body, the TAC’s […]

via the ARRL: FCC Dismisses Radio Amateur’s Petition to Revise Call Sign Rules

The FCC has dismissed a rule making petition filed last May by Thomas J. Alessi, K1TA, of Stamford, Connecticut, that sought to amend the Part 97 rules regarding Amateur Radio Service call signs. The Commission action came in a November 28 letter from Scot Stone, Deputy Chief of the FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Mobility Division. Alessi had […]

FCC Approves Project Loon’s Expansion Over Puerto Rico

The “Project Loon” balloon system is delivering limited internet connectivity to LTE-enabled phones in the hardest-hit areas of Puerto Rico. Google’s parent company, Alphabet, said that the project had delivered basic internet connectivity to more than 100,000 people on the island as of Nov. 9 , according to Reuters. And as of Nov. 16, 39% of cell […]

Inside the Decades-Long Fight for Better Emergency Alerts

MORE THAN 20 years later, Tom Wheeler can still remember the sound that several thousand tons of aluminum train make when they crash into an abandoned vehicle. Wheeler, who would eventually serve as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission under President Obama, was at the time working on the opposite end of the regulatory spectrum, as […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Executive Committee Updated on Entry-Level License, Amateur Auxiliary Revision

The ARRL Executive Committee reviewed plans to implement recommendations of the Entry Level License Committee, when it met on October 14 in Hartford, Connecticut. At its July meeting, the ARRL Board of Directors called for work to go forward on a plan to pursue additional HF digital and phone privileges for Technician licensees. The Executive […]

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