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FCC Sues Sun

Permalink 01/05/10 at 05:57:07 pm, by Ed, 282 words   English (US)
Categories: General

Did you know that the Federal Communications Commission is a government organization set up to monitor and administer transmission on electromagnetic frequencies? One of the main parts of their commission is to ensure that no interference is created between frequencies of EM radiation owned by differing entities. That is to say, make sure Channel 5 doesn't bleed over into Channels 4 and 6.

The FCC administers all frequencies. It is possible to own and use a frequency only if you purchase it, and the FCC, by law, owns all frequencies that it has not explicitly sold or auctioned to other entities. It is therefor illegal to use an 'unused' frequency for personal use without purchasing it from the FCC, and creating a device that creates EM radiation in a frequency that you don't own is illegal.

It is for this reason that the FCC has issued a summons to the Sun, for repeated offenses against part 15 of FCC regulations, often causing nationwide blackouts in radio, television, and other frequencies during its emotional moments while it is casting sunspots. The FCC's settlement requires the Sun to cease all EM transmission until such a time as the Sun is able to purchase the frequencies it uses most often (790-400 THz) and is able to requisition the proper authority to broadcast on frequencies belonging to other entities.

As such, it is expected that the Sun will cease transmission on the following frequencies within the next few days:

  1. 350 - 100 THz (Ultraviolet Light)
  2. 790 - 400 THz (Visible Light)
  3. 2000 - 1000 THz (Infrared Light)

For all those in the affected area, please locate a flashlight in case of emergency. Just know that turning it on is a federal offense punishable by a $5000 fine.

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