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Narrowbanding

On January 1, 2013, all public safety and business industrial land mobile radio systems operating in the 150-512 MHz radio bands must cease operating using 25 kHz efficiency technology, and begin operating using at least 12.5 kHz efficiency technology. This deadline is the result of an FCC effort that began almost two decades ago to ensure more efficient use of the spectrum and greater spectrum access for public safety and non-public safety users. Migration to 12.5 kHz efficiency technology (once referred to as Refarming, but now referred to as Narrowbanding) will allow the creation of additional channel capacity within the same radio spectrum, and support more users.

After January 1, 2013, licensees not operating at 12.5 KHz efficiency will be in violation of the Commission's rules and could be subject to FCC enforcement  action, which may include admonishment, monetary fines, or loss of license.

Have you Narrowbanded?

If you have not narrowbanded your FCC license to 12.5 KHz efficiency since the January 1, 2013 mandate, you could be subject to federal enforcement action, which may include admonishment, monetary fines, or loss of license. It is not too late. Call us before the FCC calls you!

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