Date: Mar 15, 2010
On March 11, 2010, the Commission released a Second Report and Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Part 90 Omnibus Proceeding. The Second Report and Order, available here, amended Part 90 of the Commission's rules to eliminate coordination requirements for land mobile applications seeking to lower antenna heights or decrease power. The Second Report and Order also revised the FCC's rules to remove the frequency coordination requirement for applications that add narrowband emission designators on existing center channels. This amendment was made to assist licensees attempting to comply with the Commission's narrowbanding requirements. By January 1, 2013, Industrial/Business and Public Safety Radio licensees operating in the 150-174 MHz and 421-512 MHz bands must employ narrowband voice channels (12.5 kHz) or meet data efficiency standards (4800 bits per second per 6.25 kHz). For more information on narrowbanding, see Vol VII, Issue 5.
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