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After all, "Technology is no barrier; old thinking is." – says FCC Chairman Wm. Kennard"Revolutionary fire needs air," he said. "One should let the flames dance for a while to see how they will change the landscape before jumping in to smother them out of fear that they will destroy all that we have built before."- Michael Powell, FCC Chairman, tells U.S. Chamber of Commerce regulatory barriers stymie Internet progress. (5/1/02)
"Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) adopted a Memorandum Opinion and Order that largely reaffirmed the procedures adopted last year to authorize the unlicensed operations of ultra-wideband (“UWB”) devices. Minor changes were implemented to further facilitate the operation of imaging devices. These rule amendments respond to fourteen petitions for reconsideration that were filed in response to the First Report and Order that established the UWB standards." ...
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"By our action today – affirming in all major respects the Ultra-Wideband (UWB) First Report & Order – the Commission provides UWB developers and manufacturers with much needed regulatory certainty. Consistent with the objectives identified in the Spectrum Policy Task Force report, the Order we adopt increases access to spectrum by leveraging innovative technology while protecting incumbents from harmful interference. Achieving a stable regulatory framework will allow a reorientation of energy away from the regulatory process and toward making these remarkable, potentially life-saving devices available for use – particularly by the public safety community.
The UWB experience also offers a valuable lesson in the pitfalls of reactive spectrum policymaking, and emphasizes the need for new, forward-thinking approaches, such as those recommended by the Task Force. Presented with a disruptive technology like UWB, the Commission scrambled to develop a regulatory framework to allow for its deployment in the marketplace. Implementation of the Task Force’s recommendations would place the Commission on the leading edge of innovation – creating clear ground rules that allow new technologies to be developed and then deployed immediately, without requiring innovators to approach the Commission on bended knee, and to face a protracted regulatory approval process. Future developments in spectrum-based technologies should be limited only by the constraints of physics – not by the out-dated constraints of the regulatory code."
Relative to the future success of the GNU Radio (Open Source Software and Hardware for a Global Software Radio), do you think IBIS/purple technology could someday help in developing a better regulatory framework rather than wasting $100's of millions in high-level legal issues when actual FCC Test Results proved that arguments for reconsideration were based on bad politics and pseudo-science?
Ed Thomas, Chief of Office of Engineering and Technology also suggests he needs help as expressed in his presentations in USA and EU.
"We are concerned, however, that the standards we are adopting may be overprotective and could unnecessarily constrain the development of UWB technology."
So, "will changes to Part 15 of the Rules & Regulation encourage innovation?"
David Reed (co-founder of Lotus, Inc.) says: Why we must start now in time-sharing an Open Spectrum for global innovation."[W]here each radio is a “Cognitive Radio” that can sense its electromagnetic environment directly and modulate electromagnetic fields directly in time and amplitude."
To investigate the feasibility for applying IBIS/purple technology on a GNU radio project, all of the comments the FCC received from cellular operators, UWB vendors, Global Positioning System (GPS) users, and other interested parties have also been posted online, in PDF format. They are accessible via a Web form at gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/ecfs/comsrch_v2.cgi, which requires the FCC proceeding number ("98-153")
CONCLUSION FOR IMPLEMENTING UWB & GNU RADIO PARADIGMS IN THE USA
"Ultra-wideband (“UWB”) technologies have made great progress over the
year since our First Report & Order. I have confidence that, given
the proper regulatory climate, the companies that are bringing this technology
to consumers will make even more progress in the year to come.
Today’s decision should be seen as a reaffirmation that UWB is here to stay. I hope soon to see firemen and policemen benefit from new safety devices, drivers find greater safety with automotive radar systems, and home electronics owners connect their computers, stereos, and other devices with UWB home networks. And while I hope we have no reason to ever use UWB to assist search-and-rescue teams in a disaster, I’ll be glad that we have this tool available should the need arise. As UWB devices are brought to market, the FCC will test them and be alert for interference complaints – but today’s continued conservative approach should minimize interference problems.
I congratulate OET for its hard work on this item."
The Open Source heads will like this one.
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