FCC ANNOUNCES THIRD JOINT AGREEMENT
FOR THE RESOLUTION OF
The Federal Communications Commission announced today the latest in a series of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with private industry regarding the resolution of interference complaints. This agreement was coordinated by the FCC's Compliance and Information Bureau (CIB), working in conjunction with the FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
The main objective of this agreement is to facilitate the Commission's certified Frequency Advisory Committee's (FAC) work in concert with CIB to protect the technical and regulatory integrity of the radio communications environment.
This is the third such agreement between the Commission and industry designed to streamline the Commission's compliance and enforcement processes regarding interference complaints on communication frequencies formerly utilized by the Railroad Radio Service.
This will be accomplished by preventing licensees who intentionally corrupt the spectrum and who operate beyond the technical or regulatory limits of their license authority from operating at the expense of compliant licensees.
The MOU will greatly support the Commission's mandates under the Telecommunications Act of 1996 as well as conserve the Commission's resources it would otherwise expend in the research and verification of a licensee-filed complaint.
According to Compliance and Information Bureau Chief Richard D. Lee, today's agreement will provide licensees with an additional sense of confidence that their systems will be vigorously protected from interference caused by non-compliant and unlicensed operators. The agreement also seeks to educate operators and licensees in the radio industry on compliance with FCC rules.
News Media Contact: David Fisk or Rosemary Kimball at (202) 418-0500
Compliance and Information Bureau Contact: John Winston at (202) 418-1100