Input Requested on NYU Petition on Encrypted Amateur Radio Frequencies
Friday, November 01, 2019 | Comments

The FCC requested comments on a New York University (NYU) petition for declaratory ruling that section 97.113(a)(4) of the commission’s rules prohibits the transmission on amateur radio frequencies of “effectively encrypted or encoded messages, including messages that cannot be readily decoded over- the-air for true meaning.”

The rules prohibit amateur stations from transmitting “messages encoded for the purpose of obscuring their meaning.” NYU argues that dynamic compression techniques effectively encrypt or encode communications in violation of the rule because they allow only two linked stations to complete a transmission without error, and thus have the practical effect of obscuring messages for anyone other than the sender and receiver.

Comments are due Dec. 2, and reply comments are due Dec. 17. The full public notice is here. The petition is here.

Here is a viewpoint on rejecting encryption and more information on the overall debate

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