Posted by: GW7AAV | September 6, 2009

Is the FCC loosing the plot?

In Los Angles the FCC received a complaint that something was interfering with a cellular telephone repeater. The source of the interference was a set top amplified television antenna belonging to a California resident Irma Frausto. The Philips model MANT 300 had apparently gone into self-oscillation at 840.356 MHz. The spurious signal was strong enough to interfere with the input to a Verizon local cell site. On August 20th the FCC issued a Citation to Irma Fausto naming her as the responsible party.

It makes you wonder what the FCC think that they can achieve by taking a private citizen who did not have a clue about the inner workings of her amplified television antenna or that her use of it was causing a problem through the US legal system. Surely if anyone should have been cited it should be Philips who made the MANT 300. That at least would inform Philips of a potential problem with the device so that they could try to ensure it does not happen again.

You can read the entire text of the Citation issued to Irma Fausto at http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-292933A1.html

Maybe the FCC should be cleaning up genuine cases of abuse instead of wasting there time prosecuting innocent law abiding citizens.

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