The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has voiced its support for recent changes proposed by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding its equipment authorization requirements.
In an October 2015 filing with the Commission, the TIA generally praised the FCC’s efforts to speed the process for the evaluation and approval of radio frequency (RF) devices intended for sale in the U.S. “By prioritizing the streamlining of its equipment authorization rules,” noted the TIA, “the Commission will enable greater investment in new, cutting-edge products such as software-defined radio and modular transmitter-based devices that respond to market-driven demands and will be key to the deployment of the Internet of Things.”
In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued in July 2015, the Commission outlined its intention to make a number of rule changes, including the combination of the two current product approval programs, Declaration of Conformity and verification, into a single self-approval program. The Commission also proposed clarifications to its provisions for the certification of modular transmitters, and for radio devices in which RF parameters are controlled by software. Other proposed changes would codify and expand existing guidelines for electronic labeling and eliminate the filing of certain forms with Customs officials for imported RF devices.