Five months ago we reported that, in a bit of regulatory tidying up, the Office of Engineering and Technology had updated the FCC’s rules. The Commission had, in 2012, incorporated by reference into its rules a standard – ANSI C63.17-2006, to be precise – adopted by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The standard governs certain measurement procedures in the 1920-1930 MHz band, used mainly for cordless phones, backstage intercoms, and other voice-quality audio gear.
The specific version referenced in the rules had been developed by ANSI in 2006 – but, wouldn’t you know it, ANSI revised its standard in 2013. So in August, 2014, OET opted to substitute the 2013 version for the 2006 version. As it turns out, though, just because OET said so in August didn’t make it so in August. OET’s order had to be published in the Federal Register for it to take effect. Oddly, that didn’t happen … until now. The order has just been published in the Federal Register, as a result of which the 2013 version of ANSI C63.17 has taken effect as of January 21, 2015.
As we noted last summer, if you’re seriously interested, you can get yourself a copy of ANSI C63.17-2013 here … as long as you’re willing to spend $113.00 for the privilege.