FCC TICKET No. 5519752 Re: Powerline Interference
June 7, 2022
1. COMPLAINT DISCOVERY
It appears that the interference to the California Amateur Radio Service Net is caused by a small cell radio frequency (RF) transmitter installed on PG&E’s power line by Comcast/Xfinity (without a permit) on Kendon Lane in Novato (see ATTACHMENT A). The transmitter is generating a harmful waveform on the power line, which is a violation of PG&E’s tariffs (Electric Rule No. 2), and FCC Rules, (FCC Part 15 regulations that govern license-free transmitters which prohibit interference to licensed users such as amateur radio operators.
The small cell equipment described herein is a 5G product produced by Airspan 5G CBRS (see ATTACHMENT B).
2. CARELESS DISREGARD FOR CUSTOMER AND GENERAL PUBLIC SAFETY
It is very important to note that in addition to the interference problem, the harmful waveform can also cause PG&E transformers and related hardware to overheat and catch fire, and customer property (electronic devices and appliances) can also be damaged. In addition, if there is a power outage, customers served by the small cell transmitter will not have any service because there in is no battery back-up. Small cell installations should not be allowed any place in Marin County.
3. BAD FAITH
Comcast/Xfinity know that they are interfering with an emergency communications net that serves the public. However, they have informed their customer and the FCC that there is no problem, and they have not done anything wrong. Under the circumstances the FCC should order them to correct the problem and consider imposing a fine against them for the bad faith conduct.
Respectfully submitted, 6/7/2022
David Wilner, Novato, CA
P.S. Please see Attachment A and B
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