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   June 18, 2012

   Mr. Randy Doyle

   Ohio Edison

   1910 West Market Street

   Akron, Ohio 44313

   Re: EB-12-GB-0119

   Dear Mr. Doyle:

   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)).

   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. In order to assist you in expeditiously
   resolving this matter, the complainant has located at least two (2) of the
   sources of noise close to his residence. The two (2) sources of noise that
   he has identified are as follows:

   sB Pole #69AR 2-4: The pole is located directly across the street from
   5570 Unger Road.

   sB the pole adjacent to the mailbox at 5087 Unger Road.

   Given the fact this case has been ongoing for quite some time without
   resolution and Ohio Edison has had ample time to make the necessary
   repairs, you are directed to respond to the undersigned within 30 days of
   receipt of this letter detailing what steps you have taken to resolve the
   two (2) instances of interference listed above that are reported as being
   caused by your equipment. Likewise you are further directed to provide to
   the undersigned within 60 days of receipt of this letter a written report
   as to what steps Ohio Edison has undertaken to locate and identify
   additional sources of interference and what steps Ohio Edison intends to
   take to correct (name withheld's) radio frequency interference. 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


   Laura L. Smith, Esq.

   Special Counsel Enforcement Bureau

   cc: Detroit Field Office

   Northeast Regional Director