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Is Wi-Fi in Danger?

By | February 5th, 2016|Legal News|

Upcoming tests seek to predict whether Wi-Fi can survive cell companies’ using its frequency bands. (Like it says in that disclaimer over to the right, this post reflects the opinions of its author – not his law firm, its other lawyers, or its clients.) Wi-Fi may be one of the best ideas anybody ever had. … Continue Reading

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The Beat Goes On – New Device Needs FCC Waiver to Monitor Heart Rate

By | January 20th, 2016|Legal News|

Ultra-wideband sensor arguably does not use enough bandwidth to qualify as ultra-wideband. Ultra-wideband (UWB) radio works by spreading a very low power signal across a very wide range of frequencies. The FCC approved ultra-wideband in 2002, following what it understatedly called “an unusually controversial proceeding.” Almost every category of spectrum user, including parts of the … Continue Reading

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Area Man Pays Twice for the Same Cell Phone

By | January 8th, 2016|Legal News|

Area Man v. Verizon II – a re-match of the mis-matched. You may pay twice, too, the next time you upgrade. (Blogger’s Note: See that disclaimer over to your right, under “Welcome to Our Readers.” This post reflects the views only of the author, not of the law firm or its clients.) A few days … Continue Reading

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Ouch! Out-Sized Penalty for Ordinary Outfit Overlooking Obligations

By | January 3rd, 2016|Legal News|

Sheet-metal company to pay $135,000 for license-related paperwork violations; offenses included operation after expiration and unauthorized transfer of control. Many businesses must comply with the FCC’s rules, even though they may not know it. Failing to understand this can prove expensive. Just ask Constellium Rolled Products Ravenswood, LLC. According to its website, Constellium is one … Continue Reading

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The Copyright Law: Enabler or Frustrator of “Everyday Products”?

By | December 18th, 2015|Legal News|

Copyright Office inquiry may lead to changes in the law that give consumers greater freedom over their belongings. Most people think that buying a toaster, say, lets you do anything you want with it. That may be wrong. Copyright law may limit your rights even as to products you bought and paid for. Here’s why. … Continue Reading

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Look! A Quasar! … No, Wait – It’s a Fitbit!

By | December 14th, 2015|Legal News|

Irony alert: radio astronomy organization hands out fitness devices that threaten interference to radio-telescope operation. Wrist-worn activity monitors like the Fitbit are good for radio astronomers. But not so good for radio astronomy. Much as traditional astronomers use optical telescopes to see with visible light, radio astronomers use “radio telescopes” to observe distant objects by … Continue Reading

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Non-Specific Rule, Non-Specific Violation, Very Specific Fine

By | December 8th, 2015|Legal News|

The rule says to take precautions, but not what precautions to take. The licensee says it took precautions, but they didn’t work. The Enforcement Bureau says, “$25,000, please”. Suppose the rules governing operation on shared two-way channels are unspecific, mostly saying operators must take reasonable precautions to avoid interference. The rules don’t actually prohibit interference; … Continue Reading

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Dear Mr. Kozol: The FCC Has Bad News for You

By | November 26th, 2015|Legal News|

An FCC order requires the resident either to find and fix the source of interference in his house, or else allow FCC staff to come in and do it. Mr. Edward R. Kozol of Lemont, Illinois, you have our sympathy. That cell tower south of where you live, over by I-395, is picking up interference. … Continue Reading

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Librarian of Congress (Who?) Okays Widespread Hacking of Electronic Devices

By | October 28th, 2015|Legal News|

You can now unlock or get access to tablets, vehicle software, video games, and more – and stay within the law. Following congressional approval last year for the unlocking of cell phones, the Librarian of Congress has now adopted a broad exemption that permits the unlocking of all wireless handsets, including smart phones and “phablets.” … Continue Reading

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