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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The owner of a Los Angeles skyscraper has been cited for using light bulbs that are causing interference with area cellphone service, according to the Federal Communications Commission. After complaints from Verizon Wireless, commission agents visited Ernst and Young Plaza in April to investigate the interference, according to a citation issued Feb. 7. The commission discovered that GE fluorescent light bulbs in the building were the "source of radio emissions causing interference to the Verizon 700MHz LTE cell site." According to a 2012 GE bulletin, the lighting ballasts were tested in accordance with FCC requirements, but a small number produced high-frequency radio emissions "that have the potential to cause interference with certain types of wireless communications."





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If I were a Verizon competitor I would pay the fine plus a small amount to the building owner to not do a thing.

That's how business gets done in the world of telecommunications. The fines are meaningless compared to the profits.

#1 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-02-18 11:52 PM | Reply | Flag:

I guess that fine would go to the government and they wern't hurt by it.

#2 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-02-19 11:15 AM | Reply | Flag:

Let me guess, you don't pay parking tickets, either.

#3 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-02-19 12:15 PM | Reply | Flag:

Of course - protecting big business is big business. Did they cite GE? No. They cited the poor schmuck who bought ballasts that were supposedly certified.

Did the government (the FCC) cite the FCC for failing to adequately test the ballasts? No.

Ain't Amerika great?

#4 | Posted by larry609 at 2014-02-19 02:07 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 3

Did they cite GE? No.
#4 | Posted by larry609

GE is one of the top donors to the Obama machine.

#5 | Posted by path at 2014-02-19 03:35 PM | Reply | Flag:

The FCC typically doesn't do this testing directly. Private labs perform these test on samples. Just because one sample passes doesn't mean all units sold will meet the requirements. When it was found that some subset the GE ballasts were stomping on the VZ frequency, which they paid the FED Gov billions for, GE came up with a fix and a control plan. Under FCC rules, the end user is responsible for any emissions from any device. Once the end user is notified of a problem, the end user needs to cease the interference.

The problem here is that E&Y want GE to pay before they fix anything. The FCC and VZ just want the interference to go away. GE has suggested remediation, but E&Y are simply being butt heads and it's going to cost them.

Look at it this way, let's say you bought a product, that because it was damaged in shipping (say a RF seam opened because it was dropped), wiped out you neighbors satellite receiver when you used it. the neighbor kvetches to the FCC somebody is interfering with their sat. The FCC figures it out and knocks on your door. They tell you to turn off your device and never use it again. you being a reasonable person does this THEN contacts the company for a replacement or refund. An ass keeps using it and then gets his panties in a twist when he gets fined.

#6 | Posted by maxis_mydog at 2014-02-19 03:39 PM | Reply | Flag:

Technically, it's not E&Y, but the building management that is at fault here.

#7 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-02-19 04:19 PM | Reply | Flag:

And GE owned NBC/MSNBC for a long time. Obama protects his own

#8 | Posted by DavetheWave at 2014-02-19 06:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Obama protects his own"

Stretch much? President Obama is protecting NBC by siccing the FCC on a building owner over light bulbs?


#9 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-02-19 07:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

If they interfere with cell phones, I'm for it. Used to be the only people walking around on sidewalks talking loudly to no visible person were those who refused to take their meds. Now it's every yuppie, too.

#10 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-02-20 03:08 AM | Reply | Flag:

I'm hoping for an EMP

#11 | Posted by Greatamerican at 2014-02-20 05:16 AM | Reply | Flag:

so how many replacement ballasts are we talking about? 10? 100? 1000? if it's all the fluorescent lights in an entire office building, changing the ballasts has to be a huge up-front cost to bear.

#12 | Posted by dane1234 at 2014-02-21 09:42 PM | Reply | Flag:


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