The Federal Communications Commission has started a new process to update rules on the approval of radiofrequency devices in order to keep up with increasing numbers of wireless products on the market.
“The goal of these proposed rules is to establish accountability in the certification process that reflects the realities of how these devices are used – and modified – today,” Julius Knapp, chief of the FCC’s office of engineering and technology, wrote in a blog post published Thursday.
He said the new process aims to address the risk of interference that could result from the adoption of proposed regulations that intend to allow the flexible use of higher-frequency bands for mobile platforms.
Knapp said the proposed regulations would not preclude RF device manufacturers to install third-party firmware.
“The proposed rules would require manufacturers to select the security method they deem appropriate to prevent modifications that take the device out of compliance,” Knapp added.