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Deadline Approaching

FARMERS, FLEET OPERATORS, SCHOOLS AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES OPERATING BUSINESS BAND OR PRIVATE LAND MOBILE RADIO (PLMR) SYSTEMS ARE FACING A CRITICAL JANUARY 1, 2013, DEADLINE. BY THAT DATE, THE FCC HAS MANDATED THAT ALL PRIVATE PLMR LICENSEES OPERATING ON FREQUENCIES BELOW 512 MHZ MOVE TO 12.5 KHZ NARROWBAND VOICE CHANNELS. THE NARROWBANDING LICENSING PROCESS CAN BE TIME CONSUMING. “SINCE EVERYONE IS REQUIRED TO MAKE THIS CHANGE, THE FCC’S APPROVAL PROCESS TIMEFRAME CONTINUES TO LENGTHEN. AFFECTED LICENSEES HAVE TWO CHOICES TO REMAIN IN COMPLIANCE. “MAKE THE TRANSITION TO NARROWBAND TECHNOLOGY OR GET A WAIVER FROM THE FCC. OPERATORS MOST SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACTED BY THE NARROWBANDING MANDATE ARE THOSE WHO ARE USING OLDER RADIO EQUIPMENT. MOST RADIOS PURCHASED WITHIN THE PAST FIVE YEARS WILL BE NARROWBAND COMPLIANT. THE MANUFACTURERS HAVE KNOWN SINCE 1997 THAT THIS DATE WAS COMING AND THAT THESE MANDATES WERE GOING INTO EFFECT IN 2013. LICENSEES SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR ENFORCEMENT CONSEQUENCES IF THEY DO NOT MEET THEIR OBLIGATIONS OR SECURE A WAIVER.