FCC to Increase Availability of FCC ID Numbers
The Federal Communications Commission today announced plans to increase the availability of company-specific identification codes in order to help swell the total potential number of unique FCC IDs that can be assigned to devices. The FCC says today's action is necessary, as the number of new devices seeking permission to use wireless signals has skyrocketed in recent years. The FCC also said it is exploring new ways that it might approve of such devices, as its current resources for evaluating the safety parameters of wireless equipment is strained.
FCC Busts California Company for Importing Illegal Phones
The Federal Communications Commission today cited a company based in California, called Panasystem, for importing and marketing counterfeit smartphones. The devices, which were fake Samsung Galaxy S Duos, Samsung Galaxy Ace, and BlackBerry 9790 smartphones, were all stamped with unauthorized and invalid FCC identifiers.
FCC Fines AT&T $640,000 Over License Infractions
The FCC today said it plans to fine AT&T $640,000 for operating microwave stations outside the parameters of its licenses to do so. Microwave stations are generally set up in point-to-point configurations to beam signals across terrain where it is uneconomical to run copper or fiber wires.
FCC Approves Possible HTC Nexus Phones
The FCC has approved two new handsets from HTC that may be bound for Google's Nexus program. The FCC documents don't confirm much other than the model numbers and radio support, but they do leave a few clues as to the devices' potential.
FCC to Explore 5G In the 24GHz Region
The FCC today opened a notice of inquiry that will see the agency begin to explore next-generation wireless networks. The FCC is hoping to use spectrum above 24GHz for new wireless networks.