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  • Mar 19, 2014

    Enough ...

    No one should be surprised that the FCC has announced that effective April 1, 2014, they will no longer accept license renewal applications in the 150-470 MHz bands that specify a non-compliant wideband emission designator, an indication that the system in operation exceeds the maximum acceptable channel bandwidth of 12.5 kHz.  What is surprising is that this Commission advisory announcement was issued at such a late date (the narrowbanding deadline was January 1, 2013!) and that there would be any licensees left out there that don’t know any better that would even attempt to ren...More
  • Jun 27, 2013

    Share your thoughts on key topics with the FCC

    From cell-phone use in prisons to 700 MHz narrowbanding to 6.25 kHz channels, the FCC is soliciting input in proceedings on a variety of important topics. Take the time to let the agency know your opinions on these mattters....More
  • May 9, 2013

    How to avoid FCC penalties now that the narrowbanding deadline has passed 1

    The narrowbanding deadline has passed, but affected licensees can still take actions to avoid potentially stiff penalties from the FCC....More
  • Apr 9, 2013

    The readers always write: What should service shops do? 5

    The vast majority of the respondents to our recent poll question say that service shops should follow the letter of the law, even if it means losing a customer, if they are asked to work on radio equipment that does not comply with the FCC's narrowbanding rules....More
  • Mar 21, 2013

    Congress needs to drop T-Band mandate 6

    Based on NPSTC's recent report, Congress should remove the mandate that public-safety entities clear the T-Band spectrum (470-512 MHz)....More
  • Mar 15, 2013

    Decade of remarkable change for wireless industry, IWCE

    The end of yet another International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) is upon us — the 10th IWCE that I've attended. While the name of the show remains the same, both the show and the wireless industry it serves have undergone amazing transformations during this period....More
  • Mar 6, 2013

    The risk of 'flying under the radar' is considerable

    Sooner or later, the FCC will crack down on licensees that have yet to comply with its narrowbanding mandate....More
  • Feb 7, 2013

    Recent FCC actions are a positive step forward 1

    The FCC has begun to define its view of what VHF/UHF narrowbanding non-compliance means....More
  • Jan 17, 2013

    FCC meets with frequency coordinators on narrowband 6

    FCC personnel met with Part 90 frequency coordinators concerning how those licensees who have failed to narrowband their VHF and UHF systems (and did not receive a waiver) should be treated....More
  • Jan 8, 2013

    The readers always write — this time on narrowbanding 5

    Prevailing attitude is that the FCC should allow the spectrum of non-compliant licensees to be reallocated — an outcome that is wholly impractical....More
  • Dec 20, 2012

    Crystal ball says 2013 will be busy year for LMR industry

    As any particular year ends, everyone always prognosticates about the year to come. I’m no different in this regard, so here are a few predictions for 2013....More
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    Dec 11, 2012

    As deadline looms, many still unprepared for narrowbanding requirements

    By Al Ittner — As the narrowbanding deadline nears, many affected licensees have not complied with the FCC mandate. Here's a review of their options....More

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