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FCC Nabs Residential Bitcoin Miner Operator for Apparent Interference With T-Mobile's Wireless Broadband Network
The agency has ordered the suspect to respond to a series of questions about the bitcoin minder, including his use of the device, the make and model number, FCC labeling compliance, and identification of the vendor that sold it to him.
Hazards of Modifying RF Devices
But FCC rules also require that manufacturers design RF devices so that adjustments of any control readily accessible to the user will not cause the device to be operated in violation of the FCC's technical regulations, including emissions limits. In other words, the FCC's rules prohibit a device that is tested and authorized to operate on a specific frequency band and at certain power levels from being easily tweaked to operate beyond those parameters.
Who Is the Responsible Party in This Case?
Accordingly, if the device were tested and authorized to operate only at certain frequencies that do not include the 700 MHz band, but the device enabled the operator to easily utilize unauthorized frequencies, the manufacturer could be the culpable party. It is also possible that both the end user and the manufacturer could be held responsible for the harmful interference caused be the device, depending on the rules at issue. Stay tuned.
Stay Aware and Informed
If you would like additional information about the FCC's RF equipment rules, including suggestions for best practices to ensure compliance, please contact IoT attorney Ronald E. Quirk, Jr. at (703) 714-1305 or email@example.com. Further information about Marashlian & Donahue's Internet of Things and Connected Devices practice is available here.
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