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Re: [RFI] ARRL Board of Directors resolution related to FCC enforcement

To: "Hare, Ed W1RFI" <w1rfi@arrl.org>, "rfi@contesting.com" <rfi@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [RFI] ARRL Board of Directors resolution related to FCC enforcement of radio-interference issues
From: Tom Thompson <w0ivj@tomthompson.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:43:08 -0600
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Please thank the board. This has been a long time problem. Good luck to all of you with this plan.

Tom   W0IVJ

On 7/29/2015 10:55 AM, Hare, Ed W1RFI wrote:
This is from the minutes of the July 2015 meeting of the ARRL Board of 

39. On motion of Mr. Frenaye, seconded by Mr. Isely, the following resolution 

Whereas, there exist unacceptably high numbers of long-outstanding interference 
cases in the Amateur Radio Service, most notably in the areas of RFI from power 
lines; RFI from Part 15 and 18 lighting devices; malicious interference to net 
operations at HF; and malicious interference by unlicensed and licensed 
individuals to VHF and UHF repeaters; and

Whereas, effective FCC enforcement in our Service requires timely, visible FCC 
involvement in these cases, which has not been the case in recent years; and

Whereas, FCC has very recently made what ARRL views as ill-advised, very 
substantial cuts in its field office locations and staffing, which will 
inevitably, absent other offsetting changes, have
a further adverse effect on the responsiveness of FCC's Enforcement Bureau in 
the area of Amateur Radio enforcement, starting immediately;

Now, therefore it is:

Resolved, that substantial, timely improvement in enforcement is an issue of 
the highest urgency. The Chief Executive Officer, staff and General Counsel are 
directed to develop and, under the supervision of the Executive Committee, 
execute a plan to improve timely and visible enforcement in the Amateur Radio 
Service. This plan will include (but not be limited to) identification of the 
most urgent enforcement cases; summarizing evidentiary input to FCC to date in 
each case; presenting these summaries to FCC Enforcement Bureau staff and FCC
Commissioners; other Federal agencies with jurisdiction over rule violation 
instances; and as necessary, Congressional oversight authorities; and urging 
the fast, timely resolution of the cases. The plan will also include plans for 
improved publicity of enforcement actions which are not being effectively 
publicized by FCC itself; options for providing ARRL resources in the direct 
resolution of individual cases; and plans to cause FCC to make effective and 
direct use of evidentiary materials gathered by volunteers in the Amateur 
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