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Radio's regulatory roadblocks

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Great news! Your team has come up with a new radio technology - one that may have the same impact as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Management loves it, funding is in place, patent applications are ' filed, production is lined up, and marketing is ready to go. This will be huge. Or maybe not. Your invention could be illegal in the United States. That's an enormous disadvantage in today's global marketplace. How a new product could be in violation of the law is not hard to understand. Every radio transmitter sold in the United States must comply with technical rules maintained by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). These rules set limits on power, bandwidth, out-of-band emissions, modulation, and sometimes other properties. They control interference, promote efficient spectrum use, and protect the public from excessive radio-frequency exposure.

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Spectrum, IEEE  (Volume:46 ,  Issue: 9 )