NPRM Seeks to Revise Part 20 CMRS Rules
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 | Comments

The FCC released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would revise the commission’s Part 20 rules.

The NPRM proposes to end the presumption that all applicants and licensees in the services identified in FCC Rule Section 20.9 intend to operate common carrier/commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) systems. These services include interconnected private carriers below 800 MHz, interconnected SMRs, interconnected 218 – 219 MHz Part 95, public coast Part 80, and one-way and two-way paging.

The FCC initiated the proceeding to eliminate the need for private internal licensees such as governmental entities and business enterprise users to request waivers when acquiring Part 22 paging channels. However, it also presents an opportunity to resolve an inconsistency whereby only interconnected SMRs are common carrier/CMRS, and the FCC classification that labels all SMRs as such even if they are not interconnected, the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) said in a regulatory overview.

The comment and reply comment deadlines will be scheduled once the item is published in the Federal Register.

The full NPRM is here.

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