FCC Adopts PRS Reorganization and Rule Update

New rules governing the Personal Radio Services (PRS) become effective September 28. PRS provides for a range of wireless devices that are used by the public for communication and includes walkie-talkies, radio controlled model toys, medical implant devices and Personal Locator Beacons, among others. In addition to an “update of the rules to reflect modern practices, the Commission enhanced the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) to allow new digital applications, allot additional interstitial channels and extend the license term from five to ten years. It also allotted additional channels to the Family Radio Service (FRS) and increased the power on certain FRS channels from 0.5 Watts to two Watts.”

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