Keep up with the latest developments and legal issues in the telecommunications and emerging technology sectors, with exclusive access to a comprehensive collection of telecommunications law news,...
The Federal Communications Commission will hold off on deciding whether to pursue new rules for receiver performance until it reviews upcoming reports on the topic from its Technological Advisory Council and the Government Accountability Office, an FCC staffer told lawmakers Nov. 29.
The FCC has traditionally managed spectrum by focusing on transmitters as opposed to receivers. But as the demand for spectrum grows, the agency is considering the impact of receiver performance on access to spectrum for new services.
“Receiver performance is becoming increasingly important as a limiting factor as we move to repurpose spectrum and pack more services closer together on the spectrum chart,” Ronald T. Repasi, deputy chief of the Office of Engineering and Technology at the FCC, said.
Repasi spoke at a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing exploring the role of receivers in light of spectrum scarcity.
Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) said that the subcommittee will continue to be involved and looks forward to the GAO and TAC reports. The TAC report is scheduled to be published Dec. 10.
Earlier this year, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski initiated a review of spectrum efficiency and receiver standards with a two-day workshop. He also tasked the TAC to study the issue of receiver performance.
One approach that is being discussed within the TAC is based on developing interference protection limits for receivers. The discussions have revealed that private sector standards are often not developed in coordination with adjacent services, are not well known, or the basis for the standards is not well understood, Repasi said.
The commission is sensitive to industry concerns about added regulation of devices, which could drive up costs, but has not ruled out the possibility, Repasi said.
But the agency is also open to the prospect of industry-created standards, a notion that Brian Markwalter, senior vice president, research and standards, at the Consumer Electronics Association, praised at the hearing.
“Equipment manufacturers and mobile providers have a strong self-interest in developing and deploying devices that are resistant to forms of interference and devices that create as little interference as possible,” Markwalter remarked.
Markwalter said that the ultimate goal of spectrum management should be to make the interference environment more transparent, so that designers have all the information needed to deliver cost-effective products. To achieve that goal, he said that the FCC should outline the environment in which it expects receivers to operate, and encourage industry to adopt voluntary receiver performance guidelines through voluntary standards-setting organizations.
The commission is waiting for the reports from the TAC and GAO before developing any recommendations, Repasi said. “We want to be sure that we don't curb innovation,” he added.
Information about the hearing at http://energycommerce.house.gov/hearing/role-receivers-spectrum-scarce-world.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)