Cape Girardeau Area Prepares for FCC Narrowbanding Mandate

The City of Cape Girardeau has to make the switch to more bandwidth efficient radio communications gear before 2013. The Federal Communications Commission has required organizations to use a more narrow swath of the available frequencies.

Departments have been replacing and upgrading equipment over time with some final reprogramming scheduled for completion this week. Battalion Chief Brad Dillow of the Cape Girardeau Fire Department is shown below reprogramming existing equipment.

On Jan. 1, 2013, all public safety and business industrial land mobile radio systems operating in the 150-512 MHz radio bands must cease operating using 25 kHz efficiency technology, and begin operating using at least 12.5 kHz efficiency technology. After Jan. 1, 2013, licensees not operating at 12.5 KHz efficiency will be in violation of the Commission’s rules and could be subject to FCC enforcement action, which may include admonishment, monetary fines, or loss of license. The City, County and other area organizations and businesses are affected.

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