FCC Offers Guidance on VHF/UHF Post-Narrowbanding License Renewal (3/6/14)
Thursday, March 06, 2014 | Comments

In a public notice, the FCC provided supplemental guidance to licensees regarding renewal procedures for private land mobile radio (PLMR) licensees in the 150 – 174 MHz and 421 – 470 MHz bands.

Beginning April 1, the FCC will dismiss applications to renew 150 – 174 MHz and 421 – 470 MHz band licenses that list only wideband emission designators unless the application also proposes to modify the license by replacing the wideband emission designator(s) with narrowband emission designator(s) or the application certifies that the station equipment meets the narrowband efficiency standard.

The FCC described the renewal procedures for licenses with wideband-only designators and licenses with both wideband and narrowband designators. The commission also described the procedures for filing cancellation and modification applications and provided guidance on enforcement and violation issues.

Since the commission’s narrowbanding requirement went into effect Jan. 1, 2013, all VHF/UHF industrial/business and public-safety radio pool licensees in the 150 – 174 MHz and 421 – 470 MHz bands are required to operate on channels with a maximum bandwidth of 12.5 kilohertz or equivalent efficiency, unless they received an FCC waiver. Accordingly, wideband-only operation absent a waiver is no longer permitted.

In addition to the filing information, the public notice said that licensees that operate in violation of the FCC rules or the terms of the licensee’s license, or that cause harmful interference to another licensee, may be subject to appropriate enforcement action. Such enforcement action may include admonishments, license revocation, and/or monetary forfeitures of up to $16,000 for each such violation or each day of a continuing violation, and up to $112,500 for any single act or failure to act.

The full notice is here.

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