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Posted by on Jun 14, 2012 in Licensing | 0 comments

LMCC seeks FCC advice on coordinating narrowbanding

LMCC seeks FCC advice on coordinating narrowbanding

The Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) is recommending to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that UHF and VHF systems that have not complied with the FCC’s narrowbanding mandate by the end of the year could face the prospect of having their spectrum be used by others. According to the LMCC’s frequency-coordination recommendation, businesses and users who remain non-compliant “shall not be considered by the FCC’s certified frequency advisory committees for purposes of identifying frequency assignments for use within land mobile systems absent a pending modification application evidencing narrowbanding compliance or a pending or granted waiver request that seeks an extension of the Jan. 1, 2013, narrowbanding deadline.” The LMCC recommendation could help affected licensees in completing the narrowbanding process. “If the FCC approves it, the people who have not narrowbanded are technically non-entities,” said Mark Crosby, president and CEO of the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA), to Urgent Communications. “When it comes to frequency coordination, we can ignore them.” Crosby suggested that fines and admonishments have not been successful in...

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Posted by on Jun 1, 2012 in Licensing | 0 comments

FCC deadline looms for two-way radio licensees

FCC deadline looms for two-way radio licensees

As the Federal Communications Commission narrowbanding deadline fast approaches, firms across the country are scrambling to meet the mandate or file extensions. Although a waiver past the final equipment crossover date is attainable, the need to supply sufficient proof of the need for an extension may prevent many businesses that require a two-way radio license from gaining FCC approval. As of January 1, 2013, all two-way radio license holders must update to equipment that functions on the narrowband (12.5 kHz) spectrum. Licensees who continue to operate on the 25 mHz, or “wideband,” spectrum may face repercussions from the FCC. One recent, notable recipient of a waiver was Delta Airlines of Atlanta, Georgia. Due to the company’s demonstrated diligence to convert to narrowband equipment, the burden on the airline to comply with the mandate and findings that indicate surrounding systems will not be affected by continued use of the dated spectrum, Delta was granted a one-year extension to comply with the mandate. Businesses and organizations considering filing for a waiver...

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Posted by on Oct 31, 2011 in Licensing | 0 comments

Pierce County residents soon to vote on emergency response measure

Pierce County residents soon to vote on emergency response measure

In order to fund a switch to narrowband-ready two-way radio equipment, improve the local emergency response network and bring the involved municipal departments under one roof, officials in Pierce County, Washington, have proposed an increased sales tax. The narrowbanding mandate, which will be enforced by the Federal Communications Commission as of January 1, 2013, requires all public institutions, businesses and organizations to migrate from wideband (25 mHz) to narrowband (12.5 mHz) radio spacing in order to free up more of the spectrum for emergency communications. With products such as the Motorola HT1250, businesses and civic organizations can upgrade to meet the narrowbanding requirements while updating their communication system to include the features of the newest two-way radio technology. The HT1250 offers the best audio quality in the industry as well as functions including an easy-to-read LCD display and data storage. The sales tax in Pierce County will be approved or defeated based on a referendum on the upcoming ballot. If the 0.1 percent increase passes, county officials will have...

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Posted by on Oct 31, 2011 in Licensing | 0 comments

FCC to require GPS devices in new mandate

FCC to require GPS devices in new mandate

Although the narrowbanding mandate won't take effect for more than a year, the Federal Communications Commission already has another policy in the works. Two-way radio users will need to upgrade any equipment running on 25 kHz wideband spacing to the 12.5 kHz narrowband requirement by the end of 2012. The change is meant to open up the spectrum for more use by emergency response and other high-priority agencies. By investing in products such as the Motorola CP200 VHF radio, users can ensure they comply with the FCC mandate while also obtaining a durable, powerful device. A similar measure will soon change the cell phone industry, and may effect two-way radio production as well. By 2018, the FCC plans to require all cellular phones to carry a GPS device, in order to better locate users based on the coordinates their device provides to dispatchers and emergency response workers. "The Federal Communications Commission took action today to enhance the public’s ability to contact emergency services during times of crisis," the agency...

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Posted by on Oct 25, 2011 in Licensing | 0 comments

Both civic institutions and businesses must comply with narrowbanding mandate

Both civic institutions and businesses must comply with narrowbanding mandate

Although much of the news surrounding the upcoming federal narrowbanding mandate has surrounded public safety agencies and the state budgets from which the funds to enact the updates will be realized, businesses and organizations must also comply with the new rules in order to maintain their license and lawfully transmit via two-way radios. By investing in new equipment such as the affordable Motorola VL50 portable radio to replace all outdated models, businesses can be more certain they will comply with the Federal Communications Commission's new guidelines and retain their FCC operating license. The VL50, although one of the lowest-priced Motorola models, offers 56 business-specific frequencies and is great for retail operations. In order to meet the FCC narrowbanding provisions, a VHF or UHF two-way radio must be able to operate at 12.5 kHz – rather than the 25 kHz of "wideband" operation currently still allowed. By the January 1, 2013, deadline, every device being used for transmissions must be compliant. As many older models, especially those produced in the...

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