FCC adjusts new equipment authorization program, contemplates further changes

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has made a small but significant change to its equipment authorization program to support the increased demand for FCC identification codes.

By an Order issued in June 2012, the Commission has modified its rules to lift the restriction limiting grantee codes to not more than three characters. The Commission says that this action will greatly increase the supply of available codes in support of requests to certify new equipment.

The Commission notes that it issued 1275 new ID codes in 2011, making the rule change essential.

Perhaps most important, the Commission also says that it is also exploring ways to improve the current equipment authorization program, “including clarifying or modifying the administrative requirements and responsibilities of the Telecommunications Certification Bodies that perform equipment certification.”

Read the complete text of the Commission’s Order on FCC IDs.