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On September 12, 2014, the European Commission published the an updated list of standards in the Official Journal of the European Union to be used for assessing compliance to R&TTE Directive.  

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FCC - October 2014 TCBC Workshop

Posted on September 15th 2014 by

The Telecommunications Certification Body Council (TCBC) will host its October 2014 Workshop from October 21-23, 2014 at the Holiday Inn - Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland.  The Workshop will cover 3-days of training of standards/regulatory updates and technology sessions.  Link

The FCC has scheduled an Open Meeting on the subjects listed below for Tuesday, September 30, 2014. The meeting is scheduled to commence 10:30 a.m. in Room TW-C305, at 445 12th Street, W., Washington, D.C. The event will be shown live at FCC.gov/live.

  • The FCC will consider a Report and Order that would eliminate the FCC's sports blackout rules, which can prevent consumers from watching their teams' games on local television.Comprehensive Review of Licensing and Operating Rules for Satellite Services.
  • The FCC will consider a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to streamline and update Part 25 of the FCC's rules, which governs licensing and operation of space stations and earth stations for the provision of satellite communication services.These proposals will amend, clarify or eliminate numerous rule provisions and reduce regulatory burdens.Part 15 NPRM.
  • The FCC will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to revise rules for unlicensed operations in the TV bands and new 600 MHz Band, including fixed and personal/portable white space devices and unlicensed microphones.The proposed changes and new rules are intended to allow more robust and spectrally efficient unlicensed operations without increasing the risk of harmful interference to other users.Wireless Microphones NPRM.
  • The FCC will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to address the needs of wireless microphone users, while recognizing that they must share spectrum with other wireless uses in an increasingly crowded spectral environment.

 

On September 4, 2014 Industry Canada posted on its website the release of RSS-216, Issue 1 and RSS-111, Issue 5.  Details on the publications are as follows:

    1. The transmit power is to be measured in terms of average instead of peak.
    2. A transmitter peak to average power ratio of 13 dB has been added.
    3. Antenna gain limits and operational restrictions for devices employing a directional antenna have been added.
    4. The requirement for receiver standard spurious emissions has been withdrawn as a result of decisions made under Regulatory Standards Notice 2012-DRS0126.

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On August 20, 2014, The FCC published its final rules for Providing Spectrum for the Operation of Medical Body Area Networks (MBAN).  In this amendment, the FCC took further action to foster the development and deployment of new and innovative MBAN devices by:

  • providing MBAN users with additional flexibility to enable the implementation of technical standards being developed for MBAN devices
  • clarifying and modifying portions of the rules to facilitate the coordination, deployment, and use of MBAN systems.
  • finalizing the process for selecting a Medical Body Area Network (MBAN) Coordinator. This coordinator will facilitate use of the MBAN frequencies, which operate in shared-use bands.

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During July 2014, Commission Decision 2000/299/EC was published listing the following table of equipment falling within the scope of 'Class 2.'  These subclasses of Class 2 correspond to radio equipment using harmonised frequency bands for which notification in accordance with Article 6(4) of the Directive is not required:

 

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On August 12, 2014, The FCC published 388624 D02 Permit But Ask List v15r02; replacing 388624 D02 Permit But Ask List v15r01.  The changes in the new revision are mainly the clarification of the following text:

  • II.C.1.b.(uplink carrier aggregation)
  • II.C.1.c (EV-DO Rev B)
  • II.C.1.o. (excluding CMRS base stations)
  • II.C.2.n. (added new item for devices restricted for use by State, Local or Federal law enforcement agencies)
  • and II.C.2.o. (added new item for Wi-Fi Client devices)

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On August 12, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Computers version 6.1. Version 6.1 requirements take effect on Sepember 10, 2014 and expands the scope of the computers program to include Slates/Tablets and Portable All-In-One Computers, as well as a new subtype of Notebook Computers; Two-In-One Notebooks. Power management and energy efficiency criteria have been added for the two new product types, while Two-In-One Notebooks are addressed directly through the existing Version 6.0 Notebook Computer requirements.  The EPA received limited comments in response to the Final Draft specification, which resulted in some modest edits to the final specification, including clarifications in the definitions for Two-In-One Notebooks and Portable All-In-One Computers.

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On August 19, 2014, Industry Canada posted Notice No. DGSO-003-14 (Consultation on Policy Changes in the 3500 MHz Band (3475-3650 MHz) and a New Licensing Process in Rural Areas) on its website.  

The purpose of DGSO-003-14 is to undertake a public consultation through Consultation on Policy Changes in the 3500 MHz Band (3475-3650 MHz) and a New Licensing Process in Rural Areas which sets out a number of proposals to enable both fixed and mobile services to operate in the 3500 MHz band: (a) a new classification of Tier 4 areas to differentiate between urban and rural areas; (b) a new licensing process to be used for fixed wireless access (FWA) licences; (c) a fundamental reallocation of the 3500 MHz band to introduce mobile services; and (d) a transition policy that could take effect pending decisions made following this consultation.

On August 7, 2014, Industry Canada DC-01(E), Issue 5, Procedure for Declaration of Conformity and Registration of Terminal Equipment, which sets out the procedure that suppliers of telecommunications terminal equipment must follow to declare conformity to applicable technical specifications and to register their equipment with Industry Canada. A list of changes from the previous issue are as follows: 

The Telecommunications Certification Body Council (TCBC) will host its October 2014 Workshop from October 21-23, 2014 at the Holiday Inn - Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. 

On February 14, 2014, the California Energy Commission (CEC) adopted its 2014 Appliance Efficiency Regulations with an effective date of 7/1/2014. The regulations are mandatory for appliances that are sold or offered for sale in California, the exception being appliances sold wholesale in California for final retail sale outside the state and those designed and sold exclusively for use in recreational vehicles or other mobile equipment.

Twenty-three categories of appliances are included in the scope of these regulations including battery charger systems, external power supplies, AV equipment, TVs, and major household appliances such as washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers and more.

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Korea – New Safety Rules

Posted on August 5th 2014 by

On July 31, 2014, the Korean government announced new safety regulations for electronic products.   The most important changes are as follows:

  1. The new regulations are stricter than before and include products powered by DC input voltage.(there is a one year grace period, effective date for most products is August 1, 2015)
  2. The new regulations now allow multiple factories to be listed on KC Safety certificate.  This is effective immediately.

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The FCC has scheduled an Open Meeting on the subjects listed below for Friday, August 8, 2014. The meeting is scheduled to commence 10:30 a.m. in Room TW-C305, at 445 12th Street, W., Washington, D.C. The event will be shown live at FCC.gov/live.

  • Part 17 Antenna Structure Report and Order: The FCC will consider a Report and Order to streamline and update the rules governing the construction, marking, and lighting of antenna structures. These updates will improve efficiency, reduce regulatory burdens, and enhance compliance with tower painting and lighting requirements, while continuing to ensure the safety of pilots and aircraft passengers nationwide.
  • Enabling Nationwide Text-to-911 Service for the 21st Century: The Commission will consider a Second Report and Order and Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that establishes deadlines for covered text providers to be capable of delivering texts to appropriate 911 public safety answering points, and seeks comment on potential improvements to current text-to-911 technology, such as through better location information.

 

 



On July 17, 2014, Industry Canada published Notice No. SMSE-010-14 — Release of Standard Radio System Plan SRSP-517, Issue 1: Technical Requirements for Broadband Radio Services (BRS) in the Band 2500–2690 MHz, which sets out the minimum technical requirements for the efficient utilization of this band.   This new publication reflects changes in Industry Canada's policy on BRS.

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