Motorola Partner Group Asks FCC for Simple Process to Report Violations (3/6/13)
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 | Comments

The USMSS, the association representing Motorola Solutions service partners, encouraged the FCC to establish a “simple process” to report FCC violations committed by organizations that ignore FCC regulations by adding new frequencies to systems when the licensee has not secured authority to use the new channels.

In a letter submitted to the FCC Enforcement Bureau March 5, the USMSS said: “Unfortunately, not all of the entities that service Part 90 wireless equipment comply with FCC Rule Section 90.427(b),” which states that “…no person shall program into a transmitter frequencies for which the licensee using the transmitter is not authorized.”

“It is not uncommon for one of our members to advise a customer that is prohibited from adding unlicensed frequencies to a system, including new wideband frequencies, only to have the customer secure programming assistance from an organization that chooses to ignore FCC Rule Section 90.427(b),” said the letter, placing USMSS members at a competitive disadvantage.

The USMSS asked for a new process to report violations of FCC Rule Section 90.427(b), including an explanation of the complaint, so the Enforcement Bureau can more easily initiate an investigation. The USMSS believes that “…even a small number of well-publicized enforcement actions for Section 90.427(b) violations would send a powerful message to this industry.”

USMSS said its members were responsible for a significant percentage of system upgrades and programs necessary to meet the narrowbanding compliance deadline. USMSS is in favor of the Enforcement Bureau’s planned single point-of-contact to promote narrowbanding compliance but the group said its suggestion would expand compliance with a process to encourage “responsible behavior” on the part of those organizations that service wireless equipment.

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