Global Paratransit Fined $13,000 for Not Narrowbanding, Other Violations
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | Comments

The FCC proposed a penalty of $13,000 against Global Paratransit for apparently failing to operate its private land mobile radio (PLMR) station, call sign WPPY512, in accordance with the FCC VHF and UHF narrowbanding rules, failing to transmit its station identification, and failing to respond to a commission communication. 

Global is a taxi service in Gardena, California, that holds a license in the 450 – 470 MHz band. Because Global was required to modify its station to operate on a narrowband basis as of Jan. 1, 2013, and did not do so, it created the potential for harmful interference, including potential interference to public-safety operations in nearby frequency bands, the FCC said. 

Global failed to narrowband its operations despite the fact that the commission provided land mobile licensees with significant advance notice of the requirement.  Because of the length of time that Global had notice of the requirement to narrowband, and its failure to do so, the FCC found this rule violation egregious and subject to an upward adjustment. 

“Global also acted egregiously by operating on a wideband basis after surrendering its authorization to do so, which is also subject to an upward adjustment,” the FCC said. “Global’s apparent violations thus deserve a significant penalty.”

The full notice is here. (link to

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