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    Nickolaus E. Leggett commented  · 

    The Commission should welcome the FCC Commissioners' Technical Resource Enhancement Act H.R. 4809 that was recently introduced in the House of Representatives. This bill will assist FCC Commissioners in dealing with complex communications technology issues. The companion bill in the Senate is S. 2881 that was introduced by Senator Olympia Snowe.

    The text of these bills is listed below.

    FCC Commissioners' Technical Resource Enhancement Act (Introduced in House)
    HR 4809 IH

    111th CONGRESS
    2d Session
    H. R. 4809
    To provide greater technical resources to FCC Commissioners.

    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
    March 10, 2010
    Mr. MCNERNEY introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

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    A BILL
    To provide greater technical resources to FCC Commissioners.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
    SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
    This Act may be cited as the `FCC Commissioners' Technical Resource Enhancement Act'.
    SEC. 2. APPOINTMENT OF TECHNICAL STAFF.
    Section 4(f)(2) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 154(f)(2)) is amended by inserting after the first sentence the following new sentence: `Each commissioner may also appoint an electrical engineer or computer scientist to provide the commissioner technical consultation when appropriate and to interface with the Office of Engineering and Technology, Commission Bureaus, and other technical staff of the Commission for additional technical input and resources, provided that such engineer or scientist holds an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution of higher education in their respective field of expertise.

    FCC Commissioners' Technical Resource Enhancement Act (Introduced in Senate)
    S 2881 IS

    111th CONGRESS
    1st Session
    S. 2881
    To provide greater technical resources to FCC Commissioners.

    IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
    December 14, 2009
    Ms. SNOWE (for herself and Mr. WARNER) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

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    A BILL
    To provide greater technical resources to FCC Commissioners.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
    SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
    This Act may be cited as the `FCC Commissioners' Technical Resource Enhancement Act'.
    SEC. 2. APPOINTMENT OF TECHNICAL STAFF.
    Section 4(f)(2) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 154(f)(2)) is amended by inserting after the first sentence the following new sentence: `Each commissioner may also appoint an electrical engineer or computer scientist to provide the commissioner technical consultation when appropriate and to interface with the Office of Engineering and Technology, Commission Bureaus, and other technical staff of the Commission for additional technical input and resources, provided that such engineer or scientist holds an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution of higher education in their respective field of expertise.'.

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    Nickolaus E. Leggett commented  · 

    At least one Commissioner should be an engineer or technician
    At least one of the FCC commissioners should be a certified engineer, a certified technician, or a licensed radio operator (amateur or commercial). This will make sure that technical knowledge and insight are included in the various FCC decisions.

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    Nickolaus E. Leggett commented  · 

    Please do not impose equipment authorization on the Amateur Radio Service. We design and build our own radio transmitters and modify our transmitters. Ours is a hands-on technology service for technology self training and for developing new technologies. In my own case, I used my amateur radio background to invent and patent my wireless bus invention (U.S. Patent 6,771,935). Having the freedom to invent, design, and experiment are essential for producing new technologies. Other amateur radio operators have invented liquid flow capacitors, electrolytic antennas, satellite components, etc. Amateur radio inventors, technologists, students, and experimenters are a national economic resource that should be encouraged.

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    Nickolaus E. Leggett commented  · 

    I agree with Mr. Carr's comments. The GMRS license fee should be dropped since the service has been merged with the FRS by the equipment manufacturers. It was probably a mistake to allow this to happen. But now that it has been done, we need to move ahead and allow all of this to be license-free. By the way, I do hold a GMRS license myself.

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    Nickolaus E. Leggett commented  · 

    I am suggesting that EMP attacks and/or solar storm events propose a major threat to the American economy and to basic law and order. Therefore the FCC should act to protect communications networks. Refer to the infomation sources listed below:

    Note 1

    Severe Space Weather Events – Understanding Societal and Economic Impacts
    A Workshop Report
    National Academy of Sciences
    Publication Year 2008
    PAPERBACK
    ISBN-10:0-309-12769-6
    ISBN-13:978-0-309-12769-1

    Note 2

    Petitions to the Commission by Donald J. Schellhardt and Nickolaus E. Leggett

    Docket RM-5528, Request to Consider Requirements for Shielding and Bypassing Civilian Communications Systems from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Effects.

    Docket RM-10330, Amendment of the Commission's Rules to Shield Electronics Equipment Against Acts of War Or Terrorism Involving Hostile Use of Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP).

    Note 3

    The text of the Congressional Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack is available at the web site:
    www.empcommission.org
    This document confirms the serious impact of an EMP attack on the infrastructure of the United States.

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    Nickolaus E. Leggett commented  · 

    This concept of low wattage FM transmitters for community radio stations is an excellent concept. Back in 1997 Donald Schellhardt, Judith Leggett, and I (Nickolaus Leggett) proposed a low power FM radio service for this purpose (FCC Docket 99-25). After years of work by several thousand Americans, a low power FM radio broadcasting service was approved by the FCC. However, this service was in effect limited to just rural locations. In order to provide this type of service in urban America, the FCC should consider using some millimeter wave allocations for urban community broadcasting. This part of the spectrum has a great capacity for thousands of local broadcasters in urban areas. This would help urban communities and neighborhoods develop. I have proposed this in comments in several FCC rulemaking dockets.

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