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FCC issues receiver performance white paper, seeks comments

The Technical Advisory Council (TAC) of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a white paper on how to address the role of signal receivers as part of the overall effort to increase wireless spectrum utilization.

The white paper, “Interference Limits Policy—The use of harm claim thresholds to improve the interference tolerance of wireless systems,” argues that receiver technology can be included in spectrum policy efforts by establishing ceilings for interference limits. These “harm claim thresholds” are in-band and out-of-band interfering signal levels that must be exceeded before a radio system can contend that it is experiencing harmful interference. According to the paper, this approach would allow the Commission to offer guidance on optimizing receiver performance without dictating specific technical approaches or remedies.

The FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology has requested comments on the white paper in order to determine the next steps that can be taken to implement the paper’s recommendations. Comments are due by June 21, 2013. Read the complete text of the white paper “Interference Limits Policy—The use of harm claim thresholds to improve the interference tolerance of wireless systems”.

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