FCC Releases NOI on Receiver Performance

On April 22, 2022, the FCC released a Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”) seeking to develop a record on the role of receivers in spectrum management and how the Commission may promote improvements in receiver immunity performance to make spectrum management more effective, which was adopted at the April Open Meeting.

The FCC seeks comment on whether it should include regulation of receivers alongside regulation of transmitters.   It aims to develop a record on receiver performance across the RF spectrum, and seeks comment on the current RF environment with respect various services – including mobile and fixed services as well as broadcast services.  Specifically, the Commission seeks comment on receiver performance parameters that it should consider, how the radiofrequency environment should be factored into its considerations, different approaches it may take to improve receiver interference immunity performance, and how it can best promote innovation.  The NOI also provides a history of FCC regulation of receivers, as well as summaries of related research and white papers on how receiver performance affects spectrum management.

Comments will be due 45 days after publication in the Federal Register and reply comments will be due 75 days after publication in the Federal Register.

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