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Title: "FCC Rules on FOSS and Software-Defined Radio"
Author: Software Freedom Law Center
Publication Date: July 6 2007
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Abstract: The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) has examined the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) rules, which go into e ect today, governing Software De ned Radio (SDR) devices and concluded that the rules do not restrict the activities of independent developers and distributors of Free and Open Source Soft- ware (FOSS) designed for use with SDR devices. While the FCC's position on FOSS is more conservative than is necessary, the FCC has given a quali ed endorsement to the use of FOSS by SDR manufacturers by recognizing the bene ts of using FOSS in wireless products. The FCC's SDR rules create an opportunity for wireless hardware manufacturers, the FOSS community, and the FCC to communicate openly and produc- tively about the ability of public disclosure and open standards to strengthen the security and robustness of wireless devices.
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