Allocation of Spectrum for Non-Federal Space Launch Operations
The FCC announced a proposed rule change regarding the reallocation of spectrum for the space launch industry seeking comments on the usage of the frequency bands 420 - 430 MHz, 2025-2110 MHz and 5650-5925 MHz. Beside the raw allocation of spectrum the FCC is also seeking comments on the establishment of licensing and technical rules for the use of the spectrum for commercial space launch operations and the coordination procedures thereof.
FCC adopts waiver for 57 - 64 GHz radar applications in vehicles
On April 14, 2021 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a waiver for Part 15.255 sections of the rules to allow several automotive radar sensor manufacturers to operate their devices in the frequency range from 57 to 64 GHz in passenger motor vehicles.
The waiver is dedicated to the evaluation of the detection of children inadvertently left in hot weather and other related passenger safety functions.
Earlier market access and import of radio devices possible
On November, 19th 2020 the FCC established ET Docket No. 20-382 in order to modernize the FCC marketing and import rules. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking shall faciltate market access for new products. A limited number of radio devices may be imported and/or offered for sale for certain pre-sale activities prior to obtaining the appropriate certification. It is the intention of the Commission to keep track with nowadays accelerated development cycles and to establish cost-effective and properly tailored equipment authorization rules.
FCC updated the 5.9 GHz Band to improve WIFI and Automotive Safe
FCC designated the lower 45 MHz (5850 -5895 MHz) for unlicensed use whereas the upper 30 MHz (5895-5925 MHz) are intended for automobile safety in the Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X) technology.
On 18 Nov 2020 the Federal Communications Commission FCC have released an enhancing modernization of the 5.9 GHz band, to pave the way for the increasing demand for WIFI and other unlicensed services. This will support many consumers to have gigabit WIFI connectivity in the public as well as the private areas.
This update of the 5.9 GHz Band will also improve the safety in automotive sector: the upper 30 MHz are intended for Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) for vehicular communications.
For more Information you may visit the official FCC website.
Access to the 70/80 and 90 GHz bands in the USA
In their attempt to promote the 5G expansion the FCC initiated a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, FCC 20-76A1, regarding the exploration of new uses in the frequency ranges 71-76 GHz, 81-86 GHz, 92-94 GHz and 94.1-95 GHz. The aim of the rule changes is the facilitation of the provision of wireless backhaul for 5G and the deployment of broadband services to aircraft and ships. The commission seeks to promote the expanded use of this millimeter-wave spectrum for several innovative services.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an update of their rules expanding the flexible use of the 3.7 to 4.2 GHz band in the federal register as of April 23rd, 2020. The reform of the given frequency band also known as C-band repacks the existing satellite operations into the upper 200 MHz of the band while providing a 20 MHz guard band and providing a 280 MHz of spectrum for flexible use throughout the contiguous United States. The commission will hold an auction later this year to enable a quick deployment of the spectrum for upcoming 5G devices.
Effected by the rule changes are the sections 25, 27 and 101 of the CFR 47.
FCC seeks comment regarding the regulation of RF Exposure rules
On April 06, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published a document in that they seek comment on several points regarding the regulation of RF Exposure rules. The points are:
1. Expanding the range of frequencies for which its radiofrequency (RF) exposure limits apply.
2. Applying localized exposure limits above 6 GHz in parallel to the localized exposure limits already established below 6 GHz.
3. Specifying the conditions and methods for averaging the RF exposure, in both time and area, during evaluation for compliance with the RF exposure limits in the rules.
4. Addressing new RF exposure issues raised by wireless power transfer (WPT) devices.
5. The definition of a WPT device
Use of the 5.850-5.925 GHz Band - Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
According Fact-Sheet ET Docket No 19-138The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) wants to release more frequencies for WLAN (5.850-5.925GHz) precisely for V2x Use.
„For the past two decades, the 5.9 GHz band (5.850-5.925 GHz) has been reserved for use by Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC), a service in the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) designed to enable vehicle-related communications. Since that time, the DSRC service has evolved slowly and has not been widely deployed. The Commission initiates this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to take a fresh and comprehensive look at the 5.9 GHz band rules and propose appropriate changes to ensure the spectrum supports its highest and best use. The Commission proposes to continue to dedicate spectrum in the upper 30 megahertz of the 5.9 GHz band to meet current and future ITS needs for transportation and vehicle safety-related communications, while repurposing the lower 45 megahertz of the band for unlicensed operations like Wi-Fi.
What the NPRM would do:
• Propose to repurpose the lower 45 megahertz of the band (5.850.5.895 GHz) for unlicensed operations to support high-throughput broadband applications
• Propose that unlicensed device operations in the 5.850-5.895 GHz band be subject to all of the general Part 15 operational principles in the Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) rules. Propose to adopt technical and operational rules (e.g., power levels, out-of-band emissions limits) similar to those that already apply in the adjacent 5.725-5.850 GHz (U-NII-3) band.
• Propose to continue to dedicate spectrum in the upper 30 megahertz of the 5.9 GHz band (5.895- 5.925 GHz) to support ITS needs for transportation and vehicle safety-related communications.
• Propose to revise the current ITS rules for the 5.9 GHz band to permit Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X) operations in the upper 20 megahertz of the band (5.905-5.925 GHz).
Seek comment on whether to retain the remaining 10 megahertz (5.895-5.905 GHz) for DSRC systems or whether this segment should be dedicated for C-V2X
Propose to require C-V2X equipment to comply with the existing DSRC coordination rules for protection of the 5.9 GHz band Federal Radiolocation Service.
Propose to retain the existing technical and coordination rules that currently apply to DSRC, to the extent that we allow DSRC operations in the 5.895-5.905 GHz band.
• Seek comment on how DSRC incumbents would transition their operations out of some or all of the 5.9 GHz band if the proposals are adopted.
This document is being released as part of a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding. Any presentations or views on the subject expressed to the Commission or its staff, including by email, must be filed in ET Docket No. 19-138, which may be accessed via the Electronic Comment Filing System (https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs). Before filing, participants should familiarize themselves with the Commission’s ex parte rules, including the general prohibition on presentations (written and oral) on matters listed on the Sunshine Agenda, which is typically released a week prior to the Commission’s meeting. See 47 CFR § 1.1200 et seq.“
As a consequence of lhe lapse in funding in the USA, the operations of the Federal Communications Commission have been suspended until further notice. Currently, the FCC filing page is not available and no grants can be emitted.
We'll inform you as soon as the Commission has resumed normal work.
From November 2018, the FCC will no longer accept approvals based on the old program as the transitional period expires. It is important to mention that approved products do not have to be re-certified.
The two approval procedures Declaration of Conformity (DoC) and Verification are combined in a new process named sDoC. The process of a full certification (Certification) remains unchanged.
FCC updates guidelines for labelling
The OET has updated its handy guideline for labeling, it can be found in their Knowledge Database.
The Type A electrical plug (or flat blade attachment plug) is an ungrounded plug with two flat parallel pins. Although the American and Japanese plugs appear identical, the neutral pin on the American plug is wider than the live pin, whereas on the Japanese plug both pins are the same size. As a result, Japanese plugs can be used in the US but often not the other way around. The pins on Type A and Type B plugs have a hole near the tip that fits into ‘bumps’ found on the contact wipers of some sockets, so that the pins are gripped more tightly allowing for better contact and also to prevent the plug from slipping out of the socket. Some sockets have spring-action blades that grip the sides of the pins, making the holes obsolete.
The Type B electrical plug has two flat parallel pins and a round grounding (or earth) pin. The earth pin is longer than the other two so that the device is grounded before the power is connected. As with the type A plugs, the American and Japanese versions vary slightly. Type B plugs are rated at 15 amps.
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