FCC to Explore Options for Improving RF Receiver Performance

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking public comments and suggestions for improving the performance of radio frequency (RF) receivers.

According to a Notice of Inquiry issued, the Commission believes that its efforts to improve efficiencies in spectrum management need to expand to include all aspects of wireless systems, including both transmitters and receivers. Although current regulations applicable to transmitters implicitly acknowledged receiver performance, the Commission says recent advances in receiver technology and the development of more interference-resistant receivers potentially offer additional opportunities to improve spectrum management efficiencies.

The Commission says that its Inquiry will investigate a range of options for fostering improved RF receiver performance, including industry-led voluntary measures, new policies and guidance from the Commission and, of course, updated or revised rules. The expectation is that a thorough evaluation of all of these options will clear the way for the introduction of new spectrum-based services in the same or nearby frequency bands, and help the U.S. maintain its global leadership in wireless technologies.

Read the FCC’s Notice of Inquiry on improving RF receiver performance.

Public comments can be filed until early June through the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) (reference ET Docket No. 22-137).

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