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Unlicensed Devices in the 5 GHz Band

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AGENCY:

Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

This document addresses petitions for reconsideration and clarification of the Commission's rules for 5 GHz U-NII devices adopted in the Report and Order in ET Docket No. 03-122 and revises the measurement procedures for certifying U-NII devices in the 5 GHz band. Our action will ensure that all applications for equipment certification of U-NII devices comply with the U-NII requirements.

DATES:

Effective August 11, 2006.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Shameeka Hunt, Policy and Rules Division, Office of Engineering and Technology, (202) 418-2062, e-mail: Shameeka.Hunt@fcc.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

This is a summary of the Commission's Memorandum Opinion and Order, ET Docket No. 03-122, FCC 06-96, adopted June 29, 2006, and released June 30, 2006. The full text of this document is available for inspection and copying during regular business hours in the FCC Reference Center (CY-A257) 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554. The complete text of this document also may be purchased from the Commission's copy contractor, Best Copy and Printing Inc., Portals II, 445 12th Street, SW., Room CY-B402, Washington, DC 20554; telephone (202) 488-5300; fax (202) 488-5563; e-mail FCC@BCPIWEB.COM. Start Printed Page 39230

Summary of the Memorandum Opinion and Order

1. In the Memorandum Opinion and Order, the Commission granted a request by the Wi-Fi Alliance to clarify the Transmit Power Control (TPC) requirements in § 5.407(h)(1), dismissed a request by the Wi-Fi Alliance to clarify the channel availability check time requirement in § 15.407(h)(2)(ii), denied a request by Globespan Virata to revise the rules to state that U-NII device are not required to detect and void frequency hopping radar signals, and dismissed a request by Extreme Networks to modify the definition of a U-NII central controller that must include Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) capability. The Memorandum Opinion and Order also issues a revised measurement procedure for certifying U-NII devices for compliance with the DFS requirements in the 5.25-5.35 GHz and 5.47-5.725 GHz bands. Our action will ensure that all applications for equipment certification of U-NII devices filed on or after July 20, 2006 will comply with the U-NII requirements for these bands.

2. In its Motion for Clarification, the Wi-Fi Alliance seeks clarification of the TPC requirements for U-NII devices, and the text in § 15.407(h)(2)(ii) regarding the DFS requirement for channel availability check time. The TPC requirement is intended to protect Earth Exploration-Satellite Service (active) (EESS) and Space Research Service (active) (SRS) operations by regulating a device's transmit power in response to an input signal or a condition (e.g., a command signal issued by a controller when the received signal falls below a predetermined threshold). We recognize that the first sentence of § 15.407(h)(1) states that all U-NII devices must employ a TPC mechanism, while the last sentence modifies the first sentence by indicating that TPC is not required for systems with an EIRP of less than 500 mW. Because the wording of the TPC requirement in § 15.407(h)(1) may be confusing, we clarify, as the Commission stated in the Report and Order, 69 FR 2677, January 20, 2005, that there is no need to require TPC for a low-power U-NII device and that TPC is only required for U-NII devices operating at power levels higher than 500 mW. A U-NII device with an EIRP less than 500 mW is exempt because the device will not interfere with other operations in the 5.25-5.35 GHz and 5.47-5.725 GHz bands. We also clarify that the TPC requirement applies to each U-NII device since a U-NII device's transmission output power when combined with antenna gain produces an overall power referred to as “EIRP.”

3. With regard to further clarification of § 15.407(h)(2)(ii) on DFS channel availability check time, the Project Team reached a consensus in the revised measurement procedure on a definition for channel availability check time that allows for fast channel changing. Since this issue is addressed in the revised measurement procedure that we issued with the MO&O, we dismiss this part of the Wi-Fi Alliance petition. Our action will allow industry to continue discussions with the Federal Government on this issue as needed, and the Commission's Laboratory may issue updated measurement procedures in the future if further modifications are needed.

4. Globespan requests that we clarify our rules to state that DFS-equipped U-NII devices are not required to detect and avoid frequency hopping radars in the 5.25-5.35 GHz and 5.47-5.725 GHz bands. We did not intend to exclude frequency hopping radars from the DFS requirement. In the Report and Order, we adopted DFS requirements to protect all Federal Government radar systems from interference from U-NII devices operating in the 5.25-5.35 GHz and 5.47-5.725 GHz bands. We made no distinction in the protection requirements between frequency hopping and other types of radars and Globespan points to no language that would support its contention. In fact, the interim test procedure appended to the Report and Order in this proceeding, which was developed by the Project Team, addresses the unique sharing challenges of how DFS should perform in the presence of frequency hopping radars.

5. The revised measurement procedure that we are endorsing with this MO&O addresses how DFS should perform in the presence of different types of radar systems, including frequency hopping radars. More specifically, section 6 of the revised measurement procedure provides the parameters for the required test waveforms, the minimum percentage of successful detections, and the minimum number of trials that must be used to determine DFS conformance. Accordingly, the DFS requirement is clearly intended to encompass frequency hopping radar systems.

6. Extreme Networks seeks clarification of the definition of a central controller that must have DFS capability. The intent of the DFS requirement in the rules is to ensure that all elements of a system (both master devices and client devices) are capable of avoiding causing harmful interference to government radars by dynamically switching frequencies. Although Section 5 of the revised measurement procedure addresses DFS capability for U-NII devices operating in master-client configurations, it does not address the specific configuration suggested by Extreme Networks. Nonetheless, Extreme Networks does not question the DFS requirement or the compliance criteria in the revised measurement procedure.

7. All U-NII implementations will be tested individually as part of the equipment certification process. If a unique implementation of DFS in U-NII devices is not directly addressed by the revised measurement procedure, the application for U-NII device certification will be handled on a case-by-case basis. We thus decline to clarify at this time the definition of a central controller that must have DFS capability as Extreme Networks requests and dismiss its petition.

8. Revised Measurement Procedure. The Project Team has worked to develop new measurement procedures for performing DFS compliance measurement tests for U-NII equipment operating in the 5.25-5.35 GHz and 5.47-5.725 GHz bands. Recently, the Project Team reached a consensus on revised DFS measurement procedures that were presented by the NTIA to the Commission on March 30, 2006 as part of this proceeding.

9. In order to allow for immediate implementation of U-NII devices in accordance with the rules adopted in the Report and Order of this proceeding, we are issuing the revised measurement procedures recommended by NTIA for certifying U-NII devices as an Appendix to this MO&O. Because these revised procedures represent a consensus agreement of industry and government participants, we are not making the substantive changes suggested by CCS since they may materially affect the implementation of the measurement procedures. We encourage industry and government entities to continue discussions on these procedures, as needed, and note that the Commission's Laboratory may issue further updates to the measurement procedures in the future as equipment is developed and as testing methodologies are refined. The revised measurement procedure that we are issuing with this MO&O does include non-substantive editorial changes submitted by CCS. As for the other concern, with respect to the certification process, applications for certification of U-NII devices will be processed in the order in which they are received. Further, with respect to Start Printed Page 39231industry readiness to test DFS capabilities, we note that the criteria for DFS and TPC compliance in U-NII devices have been acknowledged and recognized since the adoption of the Report and Order in this proceeding. Therefore, manufacturers were aware of these new rules for U-NII devices well in advance of the July 20, 2006 implementation date.

Regulatory Flexibility Certification Analysis

10. The Report and Order [1] included a Final Regulatory Flexibility Certification pursuant to the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA).[2] We received no petitions for reconsideration of that Final Regulatory Flexibility Certification.

11. The Commission will send a copy of the Memorandum Opinion and Order, including a copy of this Regulatory Flexibility Certification Analysis, in a report to Congress pursuant to the Congressional Review Act.[3] In addition, the Memorandum Opinion and Order and this final certification will be sent to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the SBA.[4]

Ordering Clauses

12. The Congressional Review Act (CRA), was addressed in the Report and Order released by the Commission on November 18, 2003, in “In the Matter of Revision of Parts 2 and 15 of the Commission's rules to permit Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) devices in the 5 GHz band” in this proceeding. This Memorandum Opinion and Order does not change any rules, it only issues updated measurement procedures for certifying unlicensed U-NII devices in accordance with the rules adopted in the Report and Order. Therefore, the CRA requirements have already been fulfilled.

13. Pursuant to sections 4(i), 303(f), and 303(r) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 154(i), 303(f), and 303(r), and section 553(d) of the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. 553(d), the Memorandum Opinion and Order is hereby adopted.

14. The Motion for Clarification filed by The Wi-Fi Alliance is granted in part and dismissed in part, consistent with the terms of the Memorandum Opinion and Order.

15. The Request for Clarification filed by Extreme Networks, Inc. and the Petition for Clarification or Reconsideration filed by Globespan Virata, Inc. are denied.

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Federal Communications Commission.

Marlene H. Dortch,

Secretary.

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Footnotes

1.  See Appendix A: Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis of the Report and Order.

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2.  See 5 U.S.C. 601-612, as amended by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, Public Law 104-121, Title II, 110 Stat. 857 (1996).

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3.  See 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).

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[FR Doc. E6-10794 Filed 7-11-06; 8:45 am]

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