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Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] FCC creates obstacles for Open Source software ra

From: John Clark
Subject: Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] FCC creates obstacles for Open Source software radio
Date: Mon, 09 Jul 2007 09:54:36 -0700
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David Young schrieb:
Do you think that the software that concerns the FCC is concerned with
must reside in the radio?  Sometimes the transmission parameters such
as modulation, mask, and power are under control of the host computer.
If the FCC's definition of software-defined radio encompasses software
running on the host computer, then it seems that they have encumbered
the development of open-source software for a broad category of devices,
including most of the 802.11 radios on the market.  I feel certain that
this was not their intention, but I do not think one can tell by reading
the law alone, and that is worrisome.  What do you think?

Such 'regulations' could very well be in conjunction with being very 'sympathetic' to certain business interests which could have a benefit of forcing any one in the competative set, to use a 'commercial'
product at some level for their radio.

Chip manufacturers have often stated they 'can't' publish internal specs which would allow developers to access the chip features to produce custom applications, which are within regulation, because of such rules by the FCC. And of course that ruling is publicly stated as to prevent someone, somewhere, somehow misusing the equipment... as if that was not impossible by the closure of the information
at this level.

Obviously this would get more so, when the 'chip' is replaced by a software defined radio implementation.

John Clark.

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