Paging and Radiotelephone Service Licensees May Gain Technical Flexibility

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The Wireless Bureau of the FCC has released a Public Notice reminding Paging and Radiotelephone service licensees that while they are permitted to operate various voice and data services, they must comply with certain technical rules including those addressing channel bandwidth, emissions limitations, effective radiated power limits, permissible operations and communications paths, equipment authorizations, protecting existing services from co-channel interference and the requirement that licensees planning to operate north of Line A must seek Canadian clearance.  The Bureau also seeks comment on whether it should update its rules to provide greater flexibility in the types of uses and technologies that can operate on these channels, such as Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA), for more intensive use of the band. Comments are due December 17, 2014 and reply comments are due January 19, 2015.

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