FCC Updates Equipment Authorization Program (6/14/12)
The FCC updated the equipment authorization program to ensure it will operate smoothly with the increasing number of applicants and applications for equipment authorization for wireless devices. The action will significantly increase the pool of identifier codes assigned to companies requesting equipment authorizations to ensure that a sufficient supply is available well into the future, an FCC statement said.
Devices range from cell phones to police and marine radios to computers to many other devices. The equipment authorization program is a key component of the FCC’s spectrum and policy agenda. It encourages innovation in equipment design, ensures efficient use of the radio spectrum, and implements policy objectives such as the hearing aid compatibility of handsets.
The rapid innovation in equipment design has led to ever-accelerating growth in the number of parties applying for equipment approval. As a result, the FCC is running low on the identification codes it assigns to new applicants. Since 2006, the number of new codes issued annually has increased from 954 to 1,275 last year.
The FCC also announced that it plans to consider ways to improve its equipment authorization program, including clarifying or modifying the administrative requirements and the responsibilities of the telecommunications certification bodies that perform equipment certification.
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