FCC Signals Concern for Safety

WASHINGTON (05/12/2000) - While considering allowing ultra-wideband technology to operate unlicensed, the Federal Communications Commission will ensure that safety services, such as the Global Positioning System, are protected from interference.

The FCC adopted a notice of proposed rule-making Wednesday that opens a comment period to provide documentation that supports or opposes the operation of UWB in the radio spectrum.

GPS users are fearful that UWB technology, which facilitates radar imaging and detection and broadband wireless communications, may interfere with the GPS signal used to navigate aircraft and guide missiles.

FCC noted that further testing and analysis would be needed before UWB technology could be authorized to operate in the bands used for the GPS services. Test results are due by Oct. 30.

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