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   November 2, 2012

   Mr. Mike Campbell

   CEO/General Manager

   Central Florida Electric Cooperative, Inc.

   PO Box 9

   Chiefland, Florida 32644

   Re: EB-FIELDNER-12-00004932

   Radio Frequency Interference

   Dear Mr. Campbell:

   The Federal Communications Commission has received complaints that
   equipment operated by your utility may be causing harmful radio
   interference to an operator in the Amateur Radio Service. The complainant

   (Name withheld)

   (Address withheld)

   (Address withheld)

   Tel: (Number withheld)

   The Commission has the responsibility to require that utility companies
   rectify such problems within a reasonable time if the interference is
   caused by faulty power utility equipment. Under FCC rules, most power-line
   and related equipment is classified as an "incidental radiator." This term
   is used to describe equipment that does not intentionally generate any
   radio-frequency energy, but that may create such energy as an incidental
   part of its intended operation.

   To help you better understand your responsibilities under FCC rules, here
   are the most important rules relating to radio and television interference
   from incidental radiators:

   Title 47, CFR Section 15.5 General conditions of operation.

   (b) Operation of an intentional, unintentional, or incidental radiator is
   subject to the conditions that no harmful interference is caused and that
   interference must be accepted that may be caused by the operation of an
   authorized radio station, by another intentional or unintentional
   radiator, by industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) equipment, or by an
   incidental radiator.

   (c) The operator of the radio frequency device shall be required to cease
   operating the device upon notification by a Commission representative that
   the device is causing harmful interference. Operation shall not resume
   until the condition causing the harmful interference has been corrected.

   Title 47, CFR Section 15.13 Incidental radiators.

   Manufacturers of these devices shall employ good engineering practices to
   minimize the risk of harmful interference.

   Title 47, CFR Section 15.15 General technical requirements.

   (c) Parties responsible for equipment compliance should note that the
   limits specified in this part will not prevent harmful interference under
   all circumstances. Since the operators of Part 15 devices are required to
   cease operation should harmful interference occur to authorized users of
   the radio frequency spectrum, the parties responsible for equipment
   compliance are encouraged to employ the minimum field strength necessary
   for communications, to provide greater attenuation of unwanted emissions
   than required by these regulations, and to advise the user as to how to
   resolve harmful interference problems (for example, see Sec. 15.105(b)).

   The complainant has attempted unsuccessfully to work through your usual
   complaint resolution process and as a result the matter has been referred
   to our office. The Commission prefers that those responsible for the
   proper operation of power lines assume their responsibilities fairly. This
   means that your utility company should locate the source of any
   interference caused by its equipment and make necessary corrections within
   a reasonable time.

   While the Commission has confidence that most utility companies are able
   to resolve these issues voluntarily, the Commission wants to make your
   office aware that this unresolved problem may be a violation of FCC rules
   and could result in a monetary forfeiture for each occurrence. At this
   stage, the Commission encourages the parties to resolve this problem
   without Commission intervention, but if necessary to facilitate
   resolution, the Commission may investigate possible rules violations and
   address appropriate remedies.

   The American Radio Relay League, a national organization of Amateur Radio
   operators, may be able to offer help and guidance about radio interference
   that involves Amateur Radio operators.

   American Radio Relay League

   Radio Frequency Interference Desk

   225 Main Street

   Newington, CT 06111



   Please advise the complainant what steps your utility company is taking to
   correct this reported interference problem. The Commission expects that
   most cases can be resolved within 60 days of the time they are first
   reported to the utility company. If you are unable to resolve this by
   January 7, 2013, please advise this office about the nature of the
   problem, the steps you are taking to resolve it and the estimated time in
   which those steps can be accomplished. Please direct your response to the
   following address: 1270 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325.

   If you have any questions about this matter, please contact me at
   717-338-2577. Thank you for your cooperation.


   Laura L. Smith, Esq.

   Special Counsel

   Enforcement Bureau

   cc: Tampa Field Office

   South Central Regional Director