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Radio spectrum pollution is the straying of waves in the radio and electromagnetic spectrums outside their allocations that cause problems for some activities.[1] It is of particular concern to radio astronomers.

Radio spectrum pollution is mitigated by effective spectrum management. Within the United States, the Communications Act of 1934 grants authority for spectrum management to the President for all federal use (47 U.S.C. 305). The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) manages the spectrum for the Federal Government. Its rules are found in the "NTIA Manual of Regulations and Procedures for Federal Radio Frequency Management". The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) manages and regulates all domestic non-federal spectrum use (47 U.S.C. 301).[2] Each country typically has its own spectrum regulatory organization. Internationally, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) coordinates spectrum policy.

See also


  1. ^ "Tips for radio technicians". Radio Spectrum Management. Archived from the original on 22 May 2010. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  2. ^ "FCC: Wireless Telecommunications Bureau: Rules and Regulations". FCC: Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. Retrieved 21 March 2014.