A repeatable repeater has been the topic of conversation at the Federal Communications Commission for months.
The agency’s chairman has called for a new way to deploy repeaters, saying he’d like to use them in rural areas to boost public safety.
And he recently told the FCC he was looking into expanding the use of repeaters to cover more rural areas.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said she is considering a new proposal for a repeater in rural America.
The new proposal could be used in states that have not yet adopted their own repeater laws, she said.
The commission’s proposal would provide for a fixed price for repeaters in the form of a fixed fee and allow the commission to establish rules about how to use the money.
Clyburn also said she would work with state and local officials to determine which communities would benefit the most from the change.
In the AP interview, Clyburn, a Democrat, said she has been looking at the concept of repeater technology for some time and that she would want to take a hard look at it if the idea made it to the FCC.
Repeater technology, which relies on microwave signals, is considered the most effective way to prevent fires.
In recent years, however, there has been growing concern about the risk to public health caused by a rise in fires.
It’s been the subject of a number of lawsuits and has been criticized by many people who say the technology can’t keep people safe in the long run.
FCC commissioners have taken several steps to address that concern.
They’ve issued guidance that would make it easier for people to purchase the equipment to help prevent fires in remote locations, and they have also sought to establish public health guidelines for how to best use repeaters.
“The repeater market is exploding, and the commission has been taking a hard, thoughtful look at the issues involved in how to make sure this technology gets the most bang for the buck,” Clyburn told AP in a phone interview.
“We will continue to work with our colleagues across the board to ensure that we protect the public from fire risk, and that we are providing a strong incentive for those responsible to innovate.”
She did not respond to a request for comment on how she would determine which rural areas would benefit from the technology.
The FCC will hold a public hearing on the proposal on Tuesday.
FCC chairman Mignor Virgilio has said the commission will hold public meetings to examine ways to use repeater repeaters and whether to expand the use to cover other areas.
The panel has also begun to consider expanding the number of areas that the agency can use repeats to address the fire risks.
But a hearing on whether to allow repeater devices to be deployed in more rural places has been stalled for months due to concerns that the technology poses a fire risk.
The hearing will be held in February in Washington, D.C. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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