Scores of licensees are receiving very official looking solicitations in the mail warning that their licenses are in peril. One notice even states, “After 2/16/16 all two-way radio licenses that have not updated/modified to comply with the narrowbanding mandate will be dismissed.” Nothing could be further from the truth. The FCC did release a public notice that clarified radio licensee’s responsibility to comply with the narrowbanding mandate, which became effective January 1st, 2013. Let’s separate fact from fantasy:
FACT: Applications filed for updates, license transfers, renewals or general modifications (frequencies that are 150-174 MHz / 421-470 MHz) that contain only wideband emissions, without a waiver, will be dismissed.
FACT: The FCC has no master plan to summarily dismiss, in bulk, active Licenses on 2/16/16
FACT: The Commission has added tools to assist licensees with modifying their authorizations.
FACT: Operating with an occupied bandwidth in excess of 11.25 kHz is prohibited.
FACT: Applications filed to remove wideband designators do not require frequency coordination or payment of FCC fees.
FACT: For more information call FIT at 888-583-2-WAY or visit the FCC’s overview here https://www.fcc.gov/general/narrowbanding-overview
There are numerous agencies that endlessly track license data through the FCC’s publicly available database. This information is then tendered into massive mail merge lists and licensees are hammered mercilessly with solicitations for every service imaginable. The Commission does not sanction these agencies. In fact, it’s important to note, that the Federal Communications Commission rarely solicits money. Do not be fooled, if it looks like “spam mail” it probably is. Make sure that any correspondence originates from the FCC and bares its seal.
For the official narrowbanding release click here: http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2016/db0113/DA-16-36A1.pdf