The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a violation notice to Nike in December because of interference from the company’s network at their Beaverton, OR headquarters. In November, an FCC agent traced radio interference in the 466.7375 Mhz and 466.8375 Mhz bands to Nike’s Distributed Antenna System (DAS). The issue was caused by a defective UHF amplifier card in the Solid Technologies DAS equipment, which is a group of antennas that Nike uses to boost Wi-Fi at their corporate campus of 8,500 employees. After the interference was pinpointed, Nike promptly replaced the faulty amplifier.
Nike is now required to submit a statement explaining the violation and the actions they have taken to correct the problem. Although there was no fine in this case, it is an important reminder that companies across all industries should be sure to properly manage their networks and follow FCC guidelines.