FCC rules for limited use of UWB devices.

On February 14, 2002 the FCC finally released its long awaited ruling allowing the limited use of Ultra-Wideband devices. The conservative ruling restricts UWB use where it is likely to interfere with existing spectrum uses, such as airline navigation, safety services and GPS.

The FCC will review the standards stated in the ruling within the next six to 12 months and issue a further ruling with either more restrictive or more lenient standards. Concerns from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and existing industry interests, such as the coalition of which ACSM has been a part, were primary influences in the FCC’s conservative ruling.