FCC Denies IMSA Waiver Request

On January 1, 2015, the prohibition against certification of PLMR equipment that is not capable of operating on 6.25 kHz operation went into effect. The International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA) filed a waiver in 2016 suggesting that this requirement would raise prices significantly and reduce deployment, especially for volunteer firefighters and ski patrols, and that the deadline should be delayed until January 1, 2020. In denying IMSA’s request, the FCC stated that IMSA did not demonstrate that continued implementation of the 6.25 kilohertz capability requirement would be inequitable, unduly burdensome, or contrary to the public interest.

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