Posted Oct 27, 2006 18:40 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
In reply to: regulatory domains
Parent article: Patch summary: regulatory domains, network channels, and virtualization
dlang is talking about a license given to a manufacturer to manufacture a transmitter, whereas smitty_one_each is talking about a license given to an operator to operate a transmitter.
As I understand it, in bands such as wireless telephone, the government's policy is normally to license the manufacture and then let people freely use whatever legally manufactured transmitters they can get their hands on. That makes lots of sense, but does shut out a certain class of use. In particular, it makes governments unwilling to license the manufacture of transmitters with easily modifiable control programs, which is what we Linux people would like.
So what if the government additionally gave licenses similar to ham radio licenses for use of the wireless telephone band? A user of the band could choose: use a licensed transmitter or be a licensed operator.
That does raise an issue of how to force users to choose one or the other, and not just go totally unlicensed. How does that work in the ham band? Maybe the risk of abuse just isn't as great in the ham band as in the telephone band?
In any case, this is just academic. There are not enough people who want to build their own custom telephone transmitters to make a whole licensing system for them practical.
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