Last May we reported on the release of a Report and Order in which the FCC authorized Medical Body Area Network (MBAN) devices that will operate in the 2360-2400 MHz region, immediately below the heavily-used unlicensed band that houses Bluetooth, and most Wi-Fi, along with many other applications. For some reason, though, that Report and Order didn’t make it into the Federal Register, so the new rules haven’t taken effect . . . but some will next month.

We are pleased to let you know that the Commission’s magnum MBAN opus from last May has at long last found its way into the Federal Register. That in turn establishes the effective date of many (but not all) of the rules. The effective date will be October 11, 2012 ]. But several of the revised rules – §§95.1215(c), 95.1217(a)(3), 95.1223 and 95.1225, to be precise – still won’t kick in as of that date. That’s because they involve “information collections” subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act, so they have to be run past the Office of Management and Budget. Check back here for updates on that front.