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FM transmitter law change considered

Could take months despite EU approval

Laws concerning FM transmitters such as the Podfreq from Sonnet may not be changed until the end of 2007.

It appears the process of changing UK radio regulations to allow the use, possession and sale of short-range, low-power devices such as iPod FM transmitters will take until the end of the year.

This is despite an earlier approval at an EU level of laws that can make such devices legal and that only need to be ratified by member states. So far Switzerland and Iceland have ratified the rules, and Germany is expected to ratify the laws within weeks.

Not so the UK, where Ofcom plans to introduce proposals that will make FM transmitters legal to use within the Wireless Telegraphy Licence Exemptions Regulations, which will be looked at this year.

Ofcom had planned a public consultation period after Easter, but this has not yet taken place. Ofcom now says it will happen this year. If approved, such devices could become legitimate by the end of this year or the beginning of next.

This story first appeared on Macworld.co.uk.

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