Wednesday, April 7, 2010

New FCC Narrow Band Changes Released

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a Second Report and Order in WP Docket No. 07-100, which amended certain rules within Part 90. One rule change was designed to facilitate system narrowbanding requirements that apply to both Business/Industrial and Public Safety licensees effective January 1, 2013.

Specifically, the FCC amended its rules "to provide an exemption from the frequency coordination requirement for modification applications that only reduce authorized bandwidth while remaining on the original center frequencies, and do not seek any other changes in technical parameters." This change will become effective 30-days following publication in the Federal Register.

  • Licensees may file directly on the FCC's Universal Filing System (ULS) to reduce their currently licensed channel bandwidths to comply with the narrowbanding rules. Licensees will need the FCC Registration Number (FRN) and associated password. A $60 FCC application fee is assessed unless the licensee is a governmental entity.
  • A change from analog operations to digital operations, however, is considered a change in system technical parameters, and therefore cannot be accomplished directly through ULS, as that method of narrowbanding requires evidence of frequency coordination.
  • Efforts to modify other license parameters directly through the ULS will be reviewed by the FCC staff, and licensees will be notified should the FCC discover any requested amendments that require evidence of frequency coordination. FCC staff reviews of this nature will normally delay license processing and issuance.
  • The FCC will not limit the number of emission designators that may be requested at any one time. However, it is recommended that only those emission designators that licensees are willing to certify use of, should be listed.
If you require assistance is filing to update your existing FCC license, please give us a call at 205.854.2611 or email