Motorola Wants Extension for VHF, UHF Wideband Equipment for Narrowbanding Waiver Recipients (12/7/12)
Friday, December 07, 2012 | Comments

Comments are due Dec. 17 on a Motorola request for an extension for wideband equipment to be manufactured or imported for those VHF and UHF licensees that have received extensions of the narrowbanding deadline.

Specifically, Motorola seeks a limited waiver of the FCC’s rules that after Jan. 1, 2013, Part 90 equipment in the 150 – 174 MHz and 421 – 512 MHz bands that operates with a maximum channel bandwidth greater than 12.5 kilohertz shall not be manufactured in, or imported into, the United States. Motorola, a Part 90 equipment manufacturer, requests that the deadline for manufacture or importation of 25-kilohertz equipment be extended to allow for marketing and sale to those licensees that were granted waivers of the FCC’s Jan. 1, 2013, narrowbanding deadline.

Motorola said that the extension would ensure that those licensees maintain system interoperability and reliability during their narrowbanding transition. Motorola said that new 25-kilohertz-capable equipment will need to be manufactured after Jan. 1, 2013, to ensure that the systems of waiver recipients remain in full working order until their migration to narrowbanding technology is complete, because a necessary component of maintaining essential system reliability is the ability of a licensee to purchase customized, newly manufactured equipment when current equipment fails. The vendor said that strict application of the manufacturing ban would hinder the ability of licensees, who received waiver requests, to procure the necessary equipment during the migration to narrowband technology and could interrupt critical public-safety communications needs.

Motorola proposed the limited waiver to apply to all manufacturers of 25-kilohertz-capable equipment in in the VHF and UHF bands, and only those licensees that have been granted waivers would be able to purchase newly manufactured or imported 25-kilohertz-capable equipment. In addition, the length of the waiver on the manufacture and importation of equipment to meet the requirement of a waiver recipient would be the same as the duration of the waiver from the narrowbanding deadline for that entity, and the limited waiver would not affect the prohibition on the manufacture and importation of 25 kilohertz-capable equipment for licensees that did not receive a narrowbanding waiver.

Comments are due Dec. 17, and reply comments are due Dec. 26.

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