LMCC Requests Meeting with Enforcement Bureau to Confront Use of Non-Rule Compliant Asian Wireless Devices

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The Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) today submitted a letter to Ms. Rosemary Harold, Chief, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Enforcement Bureau, requesting “a meeting with Enforcement Bureau management personnel for the purpose of identifying public relations, educational, enforcement and other potential activities that will serve to address the widespread use of non-rule compliant wireless devices, whose access, illegal use and distribution has reached epidemic proportions.”

In the letter signed by LMCC officers Farokh Latif and Mark Crosby, the Enforcement Bureau was advised that the devices, which come predominantly from Asia, are marketed for use by any entity, for any purpose, complete with programming instructions for operation on any channel potentially ranging from 136–174 MHz and 400–520 MHz without regard or critical information relating to Federal and non-Federal spectrum allocations, user eligibility or licensing requirements. The LMCC noted that this presents a serious risk of harmful interference to Federal systems and FCC-compliant systems operated by Public Safety and Business/Industrial licensees. The LMCC also advised that the use of non-compliant devices creates significant economic consequences and competitive disadvantages that affect manufacturers and their channel partners who produce and distribute wireless products in full compliance with the Commission’s and National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s operational and technical rules.

Author: Andrea Cumpston