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article imageNoise from electronic gadgets can cause some serious headaches

By W. Mark Dendy     Mar 12, 2014 in Technology
When you hear the word “noise,” you probably think of screeching, banging, humming, screaming or maybe Def Leopard.
But to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), “noise” has a whole different meaning.
The FCC was founded in 1934. Part of the agency’s mission is to regulate airwaves reserved for communications. The FCC licenses the airwaves, and according to the Wall Street Journal, can “demand fines up to $16,000 a day or $112,500 per incident from people who aren’t FCC licensees."
The owner of any device that interferes with a licensed airwave is considered an offender. With the airwaves as crowded as freeways these days, more and more culprits of interference are being identified.
There are “incidental radiators,” such as electric motors, “unintentional radiators,” like computers, and “intentional radiators,” which include cordless phones designed to transmit over airwaves but often do so outside of their intended frequency.
While cordless communication devices may have accounted for much of the interference in the past, complaints have honed in on everything from fluorescent light ballasts to aquarium heaters to electric fences used to contain livestock.
The FCC is now in a discussion of how to pave the way for more unlicensed wi-fi usage within the complicated, crowded airwaves that support both licensed and unlicensed transmissions .
The bottom line is this: If you get a letter from the FCC stating that a device within your home or business is creating "noise" that interferes with a licensed airwave, do not think it is a joke; or your "noise" could become a serious and costly headache.
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