Rules that vastly increase numbers of available codes take effect on August 24.

The expansion of “grantee codes” (issued by the FCC in connection with equipment certifications) will take effect on August 24, 2012, according to a notice published in the Federal Register. This will have no effect on any current regulatees – it’s more of an internal housekeeping matter for the FCC, designed to give the Commission a greater resource of codes to issue in the future. (As we previously reported, thanks in no small measure to the success of the wireless device industry in the U.S., the FCC foresees running out of grantee codes.) So if you happen to receive a grantee code after August 24 and it looks different from the codes you’re used to seeing (because it has more characters and starts with a numeral), don’t fret – it’s just the new system kicking in.