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One commissioner dissented with part of the Federal Communications Commission's move to restrict the manufacture and import of radar detectors that interfere with certain satellite signals and products.

FCC Commissioner Kevin Martin said the agency order "insufficiently" takes into account the impact of an aggressive implementation schedule for radar detector compliance. He said the timeline to eliminate non-compliant radar detectors will result in substantial economic losses for top radar detector retailer RadioShack.

Martin said he agrees with the FCC decision not to modify the Aug. 28 deadline to stop the manufacturing or importation of radar detectors that do not comply with new emission limits. But given that RadioShack currently has an inventory of 85,000 noncompliant radar detectors in its U.S. stores and distribution centers, the retail giant's potential fire sale of the products "will cause RadioShack significant economic harm and extreme logistical burdens."

The commissioner added, "RadioShack estimates the loss to be in excess of several million dollars from cut-rate prices on inventory and many millions more in lost sales."

Radar detectors, originally intended to be passive, unlicensed devices, produce extremely high levels of harmful interference that cause repeated disruptions for VSAT users. VSAT dishes support a large range of satellite-based services, such as data delivery and transaction processing, among other applications.

From SkyReport (Used with Permission)
 
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