FCC Enforces Narrowband Mandate

More than four years after the deadline for narrowbanding, the FCC has fined a licensee for not changing its equipment, although it modified its license to add narrowband and delete wideband emissions. Global Paratransit in the Los Angeles area was fined $13,000 after the FCC received an anonymous tip and then confirmed that the system still was operating on wideband channels.  The licensee was fortunate that the FCC did not charge it with misrepresentation, but limited the violations to failure to comply with the narrowband requirement; to transmit station ID; and to respond when the FCC sent it a Notice of Violation asking for information about the situation.  

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