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More on the FCC field office closures

March 13, 2015 10:03PM
Broadcasters as well as the wireless industry and public service communications
such as police and fire agencies depend on the FCC field offices, though how
much varies. Several that have heard about the FCC’s proposal to close many of
its Enforcement Bureau field offices are worried.

Field agents “serve a valuable role, particularly in interference situations,” said
one broadcast source in a market where the field office is slated for closure.
Another broadcast source downplayed how much stations have contact with the
Enforcement Bureau, because of volunteer inspections and self-certification,
notwithstanding the occasional fence or public file fine. Where the field offices
really come into play, according to this source, is refereeing interference cases,
with many of those related to non-broadcast industries, like wireless, or wired
phone, or public service communications.

Indeed, a wireless industry source from a market where the field office is slated
for closure said his industry relies on the FCC a lot for interference mitigation.
“Only they have the enforcement credentials to shut down interference we get
into our wireless base stations,” he tells Radio World, noting that the issue is
“prevalent” with the amount of cellular booster devices, blocking devices and
amplifiers in the market. Many of these devices are sold for U.S. consumer use
in their homes to improve cell service, however the devices can generate inter-
ference if they’re not properly installed, causing interference to base stations
he tells RW.

Several broadcast engineers who contacted RW are worried about the effect
that closing some field offices would have on the agency’s effort to track
down pirates; agents have special movable, direction-finding equipment for
that. Such gear “is probably going to be missing from some markets. I don’t
know what their plan is to tamp [pirate activity] down if that equipment is
taken away,” said one broadcast source in a market slated for field office
closure.

Representatives of some of the affected industries are discussing their next
step, such as potentially lobbying Congress to keep the field offices open,
Radio World has heard.

See more at: [www.radioworld.com]
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