Time is Up! Narrowbanding is Here

Posted by Jill McNamara

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

 If You Haven't Acknowledged the Mandate, You Are Operating Illegally

     Well, the narrowbanding countdown is officially over!!!! January 1st, 2013 has finally arrived. For those of you who did not complete the licensing modification, didn’t care or still DON’T HAVE A LICENSE, you are in violation. For all of us here at Chicago Communications, we will be continuing our campaign to inform you, entice you, prod you and help you get compliant. As of last count there were still nearly one third of all licensees who had not completed updating their licenses or achieved compliance yet. Some have worked hard and are waiting on the Commission to complete the applications for modification and some are still waiting on the physical backlog of programming or radio replacement from their radio shops.

     It has been a long road, but the light is at the end of the tunnel. DO NOT LET THIS GO!!!! What happens now will depend on you. If you leave your channels wideband and you become an interferer to another radio user, whether someone complains legitimately or just doesn’t like you, the FCC has to enforce their actions. It will result in some type of action by the government. If a violation is found to have occured, potential monetary fines include up to $16,000 for each such vioaltion or each day of a continuing violation or up to $112,500 for any single act or failure to act. WHY CHANCE IT? 

     Give us a call and we can work through this with you. We have done quite a few over the last several years and we expect to do quite a few more. All of our Public Safety customers are compliant or waiting for reprogramming. What we are finding is in the Commercial market, whether Hospitals, Schools, Hotels, Manufacturing plants, Transportation businesses, (the list goes on and on)--radio was a second thought. It can’t be any more. It won’t be worth it if the government levy’s a monetary fine worth thousands of dollars if you just didn’t get around to it.

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TomTreichlerThis article was written by Tom Treichler, Director of Sales & Service at Chicago Communications. Tom has over 30 years of experience in the industry with a background in engineering, system integration, and wireless broadband. If you have any questions for Tom, or another representative at ChiComm, please contact us.

Topics: Two Way Radios, Chicago Communications, Narrowbanding, FCC