(August 19, 2016) The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should be starting the radio spectrum noise floor study thanks to positive industry stakeholder feedback.
In June, the FCC “issued a public notice inviting comments and answers to questions about the rising noise floor in the radio spectrum, and missing quantitative data to support this presumption. The agency’s Technological Advisory Council (TAC) sought feedback on how best to design and conduct a noise study. In comments submitted through August 11, several parties expressed their support for the long-delayed but much-needed research into the issue,” reported RFGlobalNet.com.
According to RFGlobalNet, American Radio Relay League (ARRL) suggests that the study find out “what noise levels exist in as wide a range of indoor and outdoor environments as possible” and “what types of noise are being found: Broadband, non-specific noise; broad noise spectral peaks; broadband digital noise; and noise occurring on discrete frequencies.”
ARRL also said, “We also hope that these comments will serve as a stimulus for the Commission to re-evaluate its ‘hands-off’ policy with respect to the most recalcitrant and unhelpful operators of incidental and unintentional radiators which are causing long-term interference problems, such as electric utilities.”
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