02.07.2003 12:00 PM
CEA favors more unlicensed spectrum and rejection of receiver standards

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) wants the FCC to identify and allocate additional unlicensed spectrum for new consumer devices and networks. The CEA noted "making additional appropriate spectrum available would accelerate the deployment of unlicensed devices, including those needed to increase the deployment of broadband access."

Additionally, the CEA urged the FCC to allocate more of the 5 GHz band for wireless local area network (WLAN) devices, which are being used to provide a broadband link over the "last mile" to homes over substantially longer paths in rural areas where broadband access otherwise would be more costly and difficult.

The CEA continued its opposition to broadcast receiver standards, arguing compulsory receiver standards would slow innovation and unnecessarily replace marketplace forces with government regulation. "The rate of technological change is too rapid for the Commission to be misled into codifying receiver standards, technologies or operating criteria," the CEA argued.

The consumer electronics lobby group also renewed its view that the FCC has "a lack of general authority in mandating receiver standards" and noted that "from the marketplace perspective, mandated receiver standards, at least in the radio and television broadcast context, is a solution looking for a problem."

For more information visit www.ce.org.

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