FCC Approval for New Technologies

Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC is a national leader in helping innovators bring new radio-based technologies to market. The Federal Communications Commission’s technical rules, often geared to legacy approaches, can block creative wireless or broadband solutions. The more novel the idea, the more likely it is to encounter regulatory obstacles.

We are very experienced at obtaining waivers of and changes to the FCC’s technical rules. Our recent successes include airport body-scanning devices, medical implants for treating obesity, surveillance robots, remote power, through-the-wall public safety radar, and ultra-wideband systems. Past projects in which FHH attorneys have been involved include broadband over power lines, the current Wi-Fi standards, millimeter wave communications, radio-based meter-reading systems, software-defined and cognitive radios, ground-penetrating radar, building security systems, satellite-based location of mobile assets, new-generation police radar detectors, and many more.

Our lawyers are at the center of the burgeoning explosion of unlicensed radio devices. Along with well-known examples such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are thousands of applications such as cordless phones, wireless audio gear, automatic toll collection, automobile keyless entry, industrial controls, industrial radars, even remote-control toys . . . far too many to list here. As the applications multiply, our lawyers help clients to broaden their product lines while maintaining compliance with FCC rules.

We also represent manufacturers and users of more conventional technologies, including mobile radio and fixed microwave, who seek to keep the FCC rules abreast of technical developments in their industries.

Our work with new technologies includes detailed advice on compliance, requests for FCC interpretation of existing rules and rule waivers, proceedings to amend FCC rules, collaboration with FCC laboratory personnel on test procedures, and court action. When needed, we defend companies charged with FCC rule violations.

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