• The FCC has finalized rules on medical body-area networks (MBANs), officially allowing the devices to operate in the 2360-2400 Megahertz spectrum range. The action makes the U.S. the first country in the world to open up spectrum to networks of wireless medical sensors. MBANs will operate on what the FCC calls its “license-by-rule” framework, meaning that healthcare providers will have to register with a coordinator that has yet to be named. The rules take effect on October 10, 2012. According to the FCC, MBAN technology “promises to enhance patient care as well as to achieve efficiencies that can reduce overall health care costs.” The rules are available here.

Reply Comments on the FCC Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding medical body area networks (MBANs), and specifically the proposed procedures to pick an entity to coordinate MBAN use, are due September 28, 2012. ET Dockets No. 08-59 and 12-54. The FNPRM, which was combined with a First Report and Order, is available here.

  • As reported on September 4, the Maryland Public Service Commission seeks comment on the risks of electrical overheating and malfunction posed by smart meters before October 1, 2012. The MPSC Notice of Opportunity to Comment is available here.