Category Archives: FCC

Why Going Unlicensed is Not Worth the Risk

Last of a three-part series.   We all know they’re out there — people who can’t be bothered with getting their two-way radios (walkie-talkies) licensed by the FCC.   Even though the product packaging states clearly and explicitly that FCC licenses are required for most two-way radios, people ignore the requirement. Perhaps, if you keep your head down and stay out of trouble, you may be able to use radios unlicensed for years. If your .

Why Enterprise Radio Users Need to Get an FCC License

Second of a three-part series.   If you’re buying two-way radios (walkie-talkies) for your organization, you need to do it right and get an FCC license. If you don’t, you’re probably breaking the law.* Besides, there are also ample rewards for operating your radios by the book. For example, you have recourse if other radio operators are making a nuisance of themselves on channels assigned to you. If you’re unlicensed, you’re out of luck. .

A Quick Guide to the FCC Licensing Process

First of a three-part series.   The toughest decisions about two-way radios (walkie-talkies) should be determining which models have the features you need. FCC licensing should be the easy part, and it can be — provided you leave licensing complexities to the professionals.   Radio Basics: Getting your Paperwork Together What information does the FCC require? The agency needs to know your business name, address and federal tax ID, if you have one. It also .

New threat for radio operators who have not migrated to narrowband

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has added more teeth to its edict requiring business radio users to migrate to narrow band frequencies. If you have not heard of narrowbanding before, FCC regulations mandate that all “Part 90” business, education, industrial, public safety; and local and state government two-way radio system licensees currently operating legacy wideband (25 kHz) radio systems must make the transition to the narrowband technology (12.5 kHz).   With the narrowband conversion deadline .

BearCom’s Nationwide Branch Network: Four Benefits for Customers

By now, people all across the wireless industry know BearCom is different. We’re the only dealer and integrator of wireless communications equipment with a nationwide presence. Our network of 26 branch locations across the country is unique in the industry. But what specifically does the BearCom branch network do for customers? “Many of our customers offer their services nationally,” said BearCom Executive Vice President Brent Bisnar, who directs our rental operations. “As the only .

Narrowbanding Issues Remain Unresolved Months After FCC’s January 1 Deadline

Nearly five months after the FCC’s narrowbanding deadline, people are still talking about the mandate for users of two way radios to convert to 12.5 kHz technology. Among them is Al Ittner, Senior Manager of Spectrum Strategy for Motorola Solutions. Ittner was in Houston last week to speak at the Utilities Telecom Council’s annual conference. His topic was “Narrowbanding: I Missed the Deadline. Now What?” The narrowbanding mandate from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) .

FCC Notice Confirms Narrowbanding Enforcement Effort

The latest public notice from the Federal Communications (FCC) on its narrowbanding mandate confirms two points that should be of interest to organizations that depend on two-way radio communication. First, the FCC intends to go ahead with plans to verify compliance with the mandate, and second, users who have yet to make the technology switch can still avoid the promised penalties. The FCC said the purpose of its March 14 Public Notice was to .

BearCom’s CEO Looks at Wireless Trends in 2013

Analyzing Wireless Trends Again this year, I asked Jerry Denham, BearCom’s President & CEO, for his thoughts about the coming year in wireless communications. And while some of his predictions reflect those he made a year ago, there are several new ones worthy of discussion as 2013 shifts into high gear: 1. Narrowbanding will continue to be an issue, despite the passing of the January 1, 2013 deadline set by the Federal Communications Commission .