CSAA Challenges Proposed FCC Licensing Rule Changes

WASHINGTON —The FCC is proposing to adopt a set of renewal requirements that will apply to almost all of the radio licenses held by alarm companies, according to the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA). Additionally, the commission is seeking to standardize its policies and rules governing the discontinuance of radio operations.

The recommended changes are of concern to alarm companies holding wireless licenses because they could impose additional obligations on existing licensees. Most licensees will have to report a significantly greater amount of information in their renewal applications, according to CSAA. In addition, alarm companies will be required to report violations involving the company, the company’s related businesses and family members, which may hinder renewal efforts.

Furthermore, alarm companies may be denied license renewal if the FCC disagrees with the amount of money invested in a central station’s construction or the pace of assembly. The FCC’s rule changes would also require disclosure of proprietary information in some circumstances.

CSAA is encouraging all members holding radio licenses to suggest alternative approaches to the FCC by Friday, Aug. 20. The association suggests members participate in comments prepared by its outside counsel, Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast LLP.

The law firm suggests that Part 90 Private Radio Service licenses (which are the vast majority of licenses used by alarm companies) be exempt from the proposed rule changes. Participation in the firm’s comments is priced at $275 per company. Companies with questions or would like to participate in the comments are urged to contact John Prendergast at (202) 828-5540 or jap@bloostonlaw.com.


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