FCC Reports, Second Series, Volume 62, January 14, 1977 to March 4, 1977 Page: 666
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Federal Communications Commission Reports
Interference, Prevention Of
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to amend Part 15 of the Rules to
redefine and clarify rules governing restricted radiation devices
and low power comm. devices. Changes would make devices with
a high potential for interference subject to equipment authoriza-
tion program. The current technical limit on such devices is no
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20554
In the Matter of
AMENDMENT OF PART 15 TO REDEFINE Docket No. 20780
AND CLARIFY THE RULES GOVERNING
RESTRICTED RADIATION DEVICES AND LOW
POWER COMMUNICATION DEVICES.
NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING
(Adopted: April 14, 1976; Released: April 23, 1976)
BY THE COMMISSION:
1. Part 15 of the Commission's Rules sets out the conditions under
which a device capable of producing radio frequency (RF) energy may
be operated without an individual license. Of particular concern in this
proceeding are restricted radiation devices subject to the general re-
quirements of 47 CFR 15.7 and low power communications devices
subject to 47 CFR 15.101 et seq. The former is a device in which RF
energy is incorporated in its design and the latter is a device designed
to radiate RF energy for the purpose of transmitting messages
through space. Examples of restricted radiation devices include com-
puters, RF power supplies, electronic games, electronic watches and
calculators, tape recorders. Examples of low power devices include
walkie talkies, wireless announcing systems, wireless security alarms.
2. Part 15 is based upon the rationale that a device complying with
the provisions contained therein will, in general, not be a source of
harmful interference to radio communications. The technical limita-
tions in Part 15 are designed to ensure this by setting a fixed maxi-
mum radiation for various devices. An additional requirement that
they do not cause interference is placed on the operation of these
devices in recognition of the fact that even at the extremely low radi-
ation limits they will in some circumstances cause interference. This
means that the operator of a Part 15 device is obliged to correct any
interference that is caused, even when the device is in compliance with
the technical specifications in Part 15. To provide some assurance to
the consumer that the device he purchased in good faith, can be ex-
pected to comply with the Commission's technical requirements and
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