FCC Updates Equipment Certification Rules

The FCC lab is finally getting out of the equipment certification business. After nearly two years of deliberation, the FCC has adopted new rules modifying its equipment certification procedures. Most notably, it is handing over responsibility for all equipment certification grants to Telecommunications Certification Bodies (TCBs), which currently process more than 98% of grants anyway. Otherwise the FCC’s overall equipment authorization process, of which certification is a component, will continue largely as it has in the past.