Category: Telecom and Technology

FCC Proposes to Allow Conditional Sales of Certain Devices to Consumers

FCC Proposes to Allow Conditional Sales of Certain Devices to Consumers At its December 10 meeting, the Commission proposed to allow the conditional sale of certified radiofrequency (RF) devices to consumers before they have been approved for sale through the Commission’s equipment approval process. Currently, the Commission’s rules allow conditional sales of RF devices only […]

FCC Clarifies Rules for Modification of Wireless Infrastructure

At its June 9 meeting, the FCC  adopted a declaratory ruling that clarified: 1) the rules for modifications of wireless facilities that are not located on public rights of way and; 2) issued an NPRM seeking comment on how to treat modifications that would expand the boundaries of existing facilities[1]. The Declaratory Ruling.  The Ruling […]

FCC Votes to Allow Wi-Fi and Other Unlicensed Uses in the 6 GHz Band

At its meeting on April 23, the FCC adopted a Report and Order to permit Wi-Fi and other unlicensed uses in the 5.925-7.125 GHZ BAND (the “6 GHz band”), ET Docket 18-295, GN Docket 17-183 (released April 24, 2020).  Two types of devices will be allowed – those operating at low power indoors and others […]

FCC Sets Auction Date and Rules to License Commercial Wireless Operations in the 3.5 GHz Band

The FCC has set rules and dates for an auction to permit commercial operation in the 3.5 GHz band (3550 – 3650 MHz). The auction is scheduled to begin on June 25, 2020. The 3.5 GHz band is well-suited to 5G operation and is used throughout the world for 5G deployments.  Its spectrum propagation characteristics [...]

The FCC’s Reallocation of Spectrum for Advanced Vehicle Communications

Recently, the FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) seeking ways to promote vehicle safety communications and unlicensed uses in the 5.9 GHz band.  That band was originally allocated for vehicle safety communications but has not been widely used. By way of background, some two decades ago, the Commission allocated the 5.9 GHz band […]

Recent Developments at the FCC

The FCC adopted the following items at its meeting on February 22, 2018. FCC Proposes to Eliminate Requirement to File EEO Mid-Term Reports The FCC issued  a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) at its Feb. 22 meeting proposing to eliminate the requirement for broadcast stations to file Form 397 mid-term reports.  The Rules currently require […]

FCC Approves “Power-at-a Distance” Wireless Charging

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently approved a wireless charger for small devices such as smartphones, tablets, and watches.  The device, named WattUP®, was developed by Energous Corp.  Martin Cooper, who is generally recognized as the inventor of the cell phone and is one of the company’s directors, recently said, “[t]his ground-breaking technology allows users […]

Amazon’s New “Key” Delivery System: A Threat to Consumer Rights?

Amazon has launched its new “Amazon Key” delivery system which enables packages to be delivered inside of consumer homes. The system provides convenience for consumers, yet it also raises important privacy and security concerns. By accepting the “Key” system, consumers surrender their right to take legal action against Amazon in the courts, agreeing instead to […]