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August 06, 2012

TIA Asks FCC to Move Forward With Electronic Labeling for All Wireless Devices

By Ashok Bindra, TMCnet Contributor

Labels provide key information about a product. Hence, it is not surprising to know that Telecommunications Industry Association (News - Alert) (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, would like to see electronic labels on wireless devices. Consequently, on Monday, the TIA association filed a petition for rulemaking, urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC (News - Alert)) to allow non-exclusive option of electronic labeling on wireless devices.

According to TIA, the move would ease technical and logistical burdens on manufacturers while increasing end users’ access to useful information about their wireless devices.

In a statement, Danielle Coffey (News - Alert), TIA vice president of government affairs, said that “the technology has once again outpaced regulatory requirements designed for rotary dialed phones.” Added coffey, “FCC has shown great flexibility in recognizing the phenomenon of rapid technological change.”

The TIA (News - Alert) executive indicated that electronic labeling is the natural evolution of device labeling. Therefore, the Association is asking the Commission to move forward with making electronic labeling a default option for all wireless devices.

Continuing to comment on this need, Coffey stated, “Not only does it more effectively meet end-user expectations while continuing the FCC’s comprehensive device labeling framework, it also will streamline manufacturing processes, lower costs, reduce prices, and encourage innovation.”

Additionally, the TIA association noted that because the FCC commission is currently planning to undertake future rulemakings to improve the equipment authorization process, the time to consider a broad rule change to allow for the option of electronic labeling is now. This electronic labeling must be optional, as there will be cases where keeping the existing physical label will be necessary, such as for non-display products and radios, said TIA.

Recently, TIA also filed comments on the consideration of Deployable Aerial Communications Architecture (DACA) technology. Although, TIA applauds the FCC’s consideration of DACA technology in improving its public safety goals, it recommends that FCC carefully consider limiting DACA’s use to existing current public safety communication frequencies in order to avoid interference with commercial use and repairs. In general, according to TIA, control of DACA platforms should be in the hands of local agencies that are in the best position to make potentially lifesaving decisions.

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Edited by Allison Boccamazzo
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