Don't Fall Foul of the FCC. 
Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 01:05PM
Malcolm Lambe in FCC

FCC - The Federal Communications Commission

is an independent United States government agency. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. And a bunch of politically-correct humorless bastards they are too. From their website -
History of Communications
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Most people know that if they watch television the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is part of their life due to its role in regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable.

What people may not recognize is the extent to which every area of their life is intertwined with the communications technologies the FCC has responsibility to regulate. For example, because almost all electrical and electronic equipment emits radio frequencies, FCC equipment authorization rules protect you when:

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Your child plays with a radio-controlled airplane,
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Your teenager upstairs sends their homework assignment to the printer downstairs via your new wireless home network,
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Your toll fee is automatically deducted from the little plastic box attached to your windshield without having to stop at the booth,
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You swipe your credit card at the gasoline pump,
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You push the button on your garage door opener,

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You heat your breakfast waffle in the microwave,
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The cashier at the coffee shop rings up your favorite morning drink using an electronic cash register and inventory control system,
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The local video store contacts its remote, central computer network to find out if you have enough bonus points to qualify for a free rental,
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You lock your car with your remote entry system,
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You activate your home alarm system before going to bed.

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