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Deploying License-Free Wireless Wide-Area Networks by Jack Unger

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Living with the FCC

In the United States, the FCC is the government body that regulates all wireless communications, both license free and licensed. The next sections provide information that helps you to accomplish the following:

  • Operate legally within the law

  • Understand the FCC equipment certification process

  • Respond to FCC inquiries

  • Lobby the FCC

Observing FCC Power Limits

FCC regulations set maximum radiated power limits for license-free systems in the ISM and U-NII bands in the United States. These power limits are designed to minimize interference and maximize the number of people who can use the bands simultaneously.

There are thousands of times more users of license-free equipment than there are FCC personnel available to enforce the rules ...

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