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Most of the regulations passed in 1938 are no longer in affect. Not to say that section of Part 15 is any different. But certainly the world we use Part 15 in is.
In 1938, all transmitters available to consumers were electron tubes (voltage driven devices). Today nearly 100% of everything that would be considered a consumer grade transmitter is solid state (current driven devices). Not to mention, many of the devices included in Part 15 were only fantasy in 1938.
Since 1938, the FCC has grappled with regulatory creation for FM, television, satellites, wireless communications like spread spectrum, the internet, digital devices, BPL and a variety of services most of which have some significance to Part 15.
Cudos to the FCC for update work done in the last decade. But some point in the future, the FCC needs to embrace the growing number of Part 15 broadcast stations across this country. The thrust of my suggestion deals not with the devices used for broadcasting as much as their use. Regulations in other parts contain significant content involving service to the public. Why not Part 15 broadcasting?
Some Part 15 broadcasters do what they do because they have no other avenue to serve their neighborhoods and communities legally. Perhaps it is time to allow qualified individuals to provide very much needed services mega broadcast corporations are unwilling to provide.
72 years have passed since the Communications Act of 1934. And the FCC stills governs the public trust of radio spectrum with those same rules and regulations. Federal regulation must evolve with demand for new services and inventions.
Marshall Johnson, Sr.
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