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AMTA QUERIES FCC TO CLARIFY DEFINITION

WASHINGTON-The American Mobile Telecommunications Association filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission to clarify the definition of the phrase “covered specialized mobile radio” in several of its decisions.

AMTA said the proceedings specify which resale and roaming, 911 and E911, number portability and radio frequency emission guidelines are applicable to some commercial mobile radio services providers.

In addition, the proceedings outline two categories of CMRS licensees. The first category includes cellular, broadband personal communications services, and “covered SMR providers.” The second category includes SMR providers and other services that don’t fit into the first category.

“Timely clarification of this matter is critical, since 900 MHz (major trading area) licensees are actively undertaking system implementation, while those interested in the 800 MHz and 220 MHz bands are developing business plans for participating in the upcoming auctions,” said AMTA. “Their ability to plan their future endeavors with any reasonable degree of certainty will be seriously compromised if these regulatory issues remain unclear.”

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