Recent News - Registration System for Class B Signal Boosters : On February 20, 2013, the FCC released a Report and Order than included a requirement for new and existing Class B signal booster to be registered with the FCC. By creating a permanent record of all Class B signal booster installations in a searchable database, licensees will be able to earch online for signal booster installations if they experience interference or other degradations to their system. This will allow licensees to identify and shut down signal boosters causing harmful interference as necessary.
Licensee and signal booster operators are required to register existing Class B signal booster installations with the FCC by November 1, 2014. After November 1, 2014 operation of an existing, unregistered Class B signal booster will be unauthorized and subject to enforcement action. Any new Class B signal booster installed after November 1, 2014 must be registered prior to operation. To encourage compliance with this new requirement, registration will be free of cost to the operator and/or licensee.
Narrowbanding News :
The FCC released a Public Notice (DA 14-281) on March 4, 2014 regarding guidelines about Post-Narrowbanding renewal procedures, file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Mona%20Lee/My%20Documents/Downloads/DA_14-281__PN_re_Non-NB_Renewals_3-4-14.pdf Beginning April 1, 2014 the FCC will dismiss applications for renewal for licenses in the 150 -174 MHz and 421-470 MHz band that have wideband only emission designators unless: (a) the application also proposes to modify the license by replacing the wideband emission designator(s) with narrowband emission designator(s); or (b) the application certifies that the station equipment meets the narrowband efficiency standard. The FCC also recommended when filing renewals with both narrowband and wideband designators that a renew/mod be filed to remove the wideband emission designator.
Recent changes to the regulations surrounding tower registration with the FCC have the potential to cause great confusion to the licensee. Compliance with the Nationwide Programmatic Agreement (NPA) has become a hot topic in the telecom industry. The NPA requires the licensee to go through many steps to ensure any tower that requires registration with the FCC does not have any detrimental effect on the environment, cultural resources, or historical properties. These steps include, but are not limited to, notifying the Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPO) of any Tribes which may have an interest in the area in which the tower is to be constructed, completing an environmental checklist as required by the National Environmental Protection Act, notifying the appropriate State Historical Preservation Officer (SHPO) and providing any required documentation, and performing any potential Surveys, cultural resource reports, or Environmental Assessments as needed.
Because compliance with the NPA is not a choice, Mona Lee & Associates is teaming with a specialist to provide an all-in-one service to our clients. With their expertise in environmental survey and project management, and Mona Lee & Associates experience and knowledge in FCC regulations you can be assured your project will fully comply with all requirements.