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by MRAM 1500 kHz
Not to ruffle feathers but on the matter of the FCC giving special considerations, consider BPL.
BPL IS A PART 15 OPERATION. As we all know, that little sticker we put on our transmitters clearly states that if it causes interference to licensed services it must be shut down.
When BPL became the buzz word, the equipment used to implement BPL wreaked havoc on the HF frequencies, i.e. ham radio. BPL is a broadband internet access that travels on AC power lines. The frequencies used had the potential to cause a great deal of interference to many LICENSED services.
The ARRL, a national organization of ham operators, had to go to great extreems to convince the FCC to shut down an interferring BPL system. The BPL operators simply ignored complaints or worse, acknowledged the complaint and did nothing. The FCC seemed to “sit” on complaints forever until legal action was pursued by the ARRL. Fortunately, newer BPL systems seem to co-exist with ham frequencies but BPL was initially given a great deal of lattitude for a non-licensed, Part 15 service.
Yes, the FCC certainly does have the flexibility to shut down any of us. But don’t lose site of the fact that they have given us the right to exist. To paraphrase what SCWIS has said, you will be judged by the content you broadcast and the toes you step on.