The recent slow down on the FCC’s servers might be attributed to multiple “distributed denial-of-service attacks(DDoS)”, according to a statement from the Commission’s Chief Information Officer Dr. David Bray. DDoS is the result of a hacker seeking to make a machine or network unavailable to its intended users by temporarily disrupting services of a host connected to the Internet. The most common method is to flood the network with so much data that cannot handle all of the requests thereby slowing access to a crawl. According to Bray the attack appears to be limited to the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System. However, FIT has noticed slow downs within the Universal Licensing System as well.

Stay tuned to for more information.


Golbal Paratransit Inc. was fined by the FCC today $13,000 for failing to operate with narrowband equiptment and not identifying itself over the air with its call sign. The rules mandate that all systems operating between 150-470 MHz convert to 11.25 Khz bandwidth. The deadline to make the conversion was January 1st, 2013. Certain services and channels are exempt. The Commission has been threatening to take action against offenders of the narrowbanding rules for some time. However, now it appears the FCC is taking measures to penalize offenders of the mandate.

You can read the full release here:

If you suddenly find yourself unable to file applications using the Universal Licensing System your not alone. FIT experienced this issue this past week and uncovered the culprite. The Java the Comission uses (7u80) is not compatible with the latest version of Firefox. Do not panic we have the answer. You will need to uninstall Mozilla Fire Fox and download an older version of the browser here:

If you need to download java again you will find it here:

We hope you found this article helpful.

International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) is collaborating with ETA International, Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (AFCCE) and Radio Club of America (RCA) to bring students and veterans through scholarships to IWCE March 27-31 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  


By offering industry education, a robust expo hall hosting new and innovative technologies and access to though leaders in the communications technology marketplace the scholarship winners will gain the contacts and skills they need to advance their careers. 


The scholarship award winners include:

·       Cody Kunze, FOI, of California, MO has been awarded the ETA Veteran Scholarship, which is intended for veterans interested in a career in the wireless communications field. Kunze was a Journeyman Munitions Expert with the U.S. Air Force and is currently an electrician and signal technician for the Missouri Department of Transportation.  


·       Delphine Djomo, a student at A&M Consolidated High School in College Station, TX, has been awarded the ETA Student Scholarship. This scholarship was established to recognize outstanding full-time students enrolled in electronics courses to encourage them to pursue careers in the wireless communications industry.  


·       Dhantha Gunarathna, a senior at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, has been awarded the Association for Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (AFCCE) Student Scholarship.  


·       Anna Veal, a student at the STEM School and Academy in Highlands Ranch, CO, has been named the recipient of the Radio Club of America (RCA) Young Achievers Award. The award is presented to students in high school or younger who have demonstrated excellence and creativity in wireless communications. 


The scholarship criteria and winners are selected by each of the associations. IWCE covers all travel expenses for scholarship winners and will provide a complimentary Premium Package conference pass, which includes access to IWCE’s five-day conference program.

For more information on IWCE 2017, visit

International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) will host an Apps Center and a Wearable Technology Pavilion within the Exhibit Hall, March 29-30 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The new apps and wearable technologies bring the communications technology sector into the next century. The IWCE Exhibit Hall that will include more than 400 exhibitors showcasing the most innovative technologies in the communications technology industry.  


Apps and wearable tech are all the rage today with consumers and they are becoming more common in the government/military, public safety, utility and transportation industries. These technologies will join hundreds of exhibitors showcasing latest in different communications technologies. The Exhibit Hall will be abuzz with all of the hot new technologies and innovations featured in the App Center and the Wearable Technology Pavilion and conference attendees will get the education they need to bring these technologies into their organizations through the Transformative Technologies and FirstNet tracks.   


In addition, on Tuesday, March 28 an AT&T Partner Event focused on “Broadband Applications For Critical Communication Environments” will take place.  


For more information on IWCE 2017, visit

When it comes to public safety, Americans expect results from first responders. The first-of-its-kind FirstNet network will carry high-speed data, location information, images, and streaming video to public-safety users, so they can have the best information to make critical decisions quickly. FirstNet will ensure interoperability among first responders and will take advantage of existing telecommunication assets, vendor competition and economies of scale to drive down costs to offer a dedicated public safety service. 

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) will be showcased at International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE), which will take place March 27-31, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

IWCE has been providing FirstNet with a platform for education since its inception. In fact, even before FirstNet was established Morgan O’Brien, former Nextel Communications co-founder, proposed this idea for a nationwide public safety broadband network during a keynote at IWCE in 2006. 

On Wednesday, FirstNet CEO, Michael Poth will provide a keynote address to update the IWCE audience on FirstNet’s progress with the nationwide public safety broadband network. In addition, the IWCE Conference Program will offer over a dozen educational sessions in its FirstNet track, giving attendees the opportunity to find the critical information they need on FirstNet, whether they are a public safety professional, a vendor, a government official, or even an app developer.   

To register to attend IWCE’s 2017 Conference Program, visit:

International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE), the premier annual event for communications technology professionals, offers the most comprehensive education program in the communications technology industry. IWCE will celebrate its 40th anniversary when it takes place March 27-31, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

IWCE’s conference program offers over 100 sessions in a variety of formats, giving flexibility to build a schedule. The week of learning includes Workshops, Power Sessions, Short Courses, Multi-Day Training Classes and Special Events including Keynote Addresses, General Sessions and Town Hall Meetings.

In addition, two keynote sessions will be held on Wednesday morning. The opening keynote will be presented by Dr. Preston Marshall, Technical Program Manager, Spectrum Access Technology, Google. Dr. Marshall will discuss the US experience in deploying shared spectrum services in the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band and what it may warn for future wireless architectures and technology. Additionally, FirstNet leadership will provide a keynote address to update the IWCE audience on the nationwide public safety FirstNet network.

Thursday’s General Session entitled “Everything is Changing – The Next Generation of Connectivity” will forecast what the future holds for communications technology including applications, devices, networks, technology and connectivity.

Town Hall Meetings are also free to attend and is where government and association partners will present their latest initiatives.

To register to attend, visit:

Dr. Preston Marshall, Technical Program Manager, Spectrum Access Technology, Google will keynote International Wireless Communication Expo (IWCE), which takes place March 27-31, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The IWCE General Session Everything is Changing – The Next Generation of Connectivity is scheduled for Thursday, March 30. Donny Jackson, Editor, IWCE’s Urgent Communications will moderate and panelists will forecast what the future holds for communications technology including applications, devices, networks, technology and connectivity.

IWCE offers five days of professional development opportunities through keynote addresses, workshops, short courses and training and an Exhibit Hall with 380 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and trends in the industry.  

For additional information on IWCE and to sign up for email updates, visit Stay connected with us on Twitter, Facebook @iwceexpo and follow our IWCE company page on LinkedIn.

Back in March Drock Gaming LLC (Drock), through its radio service shop, approached Forest Industries Telecommunications (FIT) with a proposal to license exclusive spectrum in Las Vegas Nevada. According to David Smith, Executive Vice President of FIT, “our analysis of both the location, power requirements and emission mask led us to believe that a conventional solution was not possible…”. According to Smith the lack of available spectrum made it necessary to look “outside the box”. The only viable frequencies existed in the Airport Terminal Use (ATU) pool. FIT prepared the waiver and engineering studies and the FCC granted Drock’s request to utilized the ATU channels at its facilities in Las Vegas on October 17th, 2016.

Since the filing of Drock’s application there have been tangible efforts by the FCC to open up spectrum to PLMR applicants. To that end the Commission has proposed to add additional channels to its table of allocations under 90.35. The FCC’s aim is to eliminate “… unnecessary impediments to the most efficient use of this scarce resource.”. On September 23rd the FCC’s proposal was codified in the Federal Register. You can preview this release here. You can also review Drock’s granted waiver notice here.

For more information about licensing possibilities you can email FIT at or call toll free 888-583-2-WAY(929)

Fri, 07/08/16
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to raise its filing and waiver fees for Part 90 Land Mobile and a host of other services. Currently the FCC filing and regulatory fees for a ten year license are $165. Those fees will go up $5 to $170. Likewise, waiver fees will increase from $195 to $200. The rate change has not occurred as of yet. The public notice indicates the change will become effective 30 days from its publication in the Federal Register

Link to story here

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