Date/Time: Monday, September 25, 3:00 – 5:15 p.m.
Location: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

The FCBA Engineering and Technical Committee will sponsor a CLE on Monday, September 25 from 3:00 – 5:15 p.m. entitled “FCC Equipment Approvals for a New Era.”  This program will be held at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

The FCC has recently issued an order, the second in several years, aimed at updating and revising its rules for equipment authorization.  This most recent order consolidates the Commission’s self-verification procedures for certain devices; codifies rules for electronic labeling; revises various importation rules; and also addresses the means by which the agency can respond to changes in industry standards and measurement requirements.

The Commission also has promised to address additional unresolved proposals from the rulemaking proceeding in a forthcoming order.  Those issues include: the certification requirements for “modular” devices; the identity and roles of “responsible parties” for different types of devices; and how to allow modification of devices via software changes in a way that prevents changes that could cause harmful interference.  Some of these proposals generated controversy, as some parties believe that they will stifle innovation, while the FCC seeks to balance this concern with the need to protect both consumers and the use of spectrum.

This CLE examines the new and proposed rules, and considers what a good policy balance may be so that industry can design wireless devices for a new era of innovation while leaving the FCC reasonably assured that no harm will come.



3:00 – 3:05 p.m.               Welcome and Introductions

Laura Stefani, Co-Chair, FCBA Engineering and Technical Committee and Member, Fletcher Heald & Hildreth, PLC

3:05 – 4:05 p.m.               New Equipment Approval, Electronic Labeling, Import and Standards Rules

The first panel will provide an overview of the FCC’s newly-adopted rules covering the issues of self-certification, electronic labeling, importation requirements, and changes to measurement standards.  It will also examine the practical implications of these regulatory changes on industry.


Avonne Bell, Co-Chair, FCBA Engineering and Technical Committee and Associate, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP


Rashmi Doshi, Chief, Laboratory Division, Office of Engineering and Technology

Rob Carter, Partner, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

Daniel Henry, Senior Manager, Government Affairs, TIA

4:05 – 4:15 p.m.               Break

4:15 – 5:15 p.m.               Phase 2: Third-Party Software, Modular Components, Responsible Parties, & Other Matters

Software updates to wireless technology will become increasingly important as we enter a new world order that will include a proliferation of “Internet of Things” devices, autonomous vehicles, and drones.  The FCC proposed limits on allowable third-party software updates for wireless devices, but put off adoption of new rules due to industry reaction.  This second panel will discuss the FCC’s proposal, and the implications of allowing the use of third-party software to modify or update wireless devices, and who the responsible party should be.  It will also explore other pending rule changes, such as certification of devices assembled from modular components and the number of devices that may be imported for personal use.


Laura Stefani, Co-Chair, FCBA Engineering and Technical Committee Member, Fletcher Heald & Hildreth, PLC


Mike Bergman, Senior Director, Technologies and Standards, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™

Linda Kinney, Managing Counsel, Product Regulatory, Intel

Chuck Powers, Government Affairs, Motorola Solutions, Inc.


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