FCC Issues Advisory Alerting Consumers to AMPS ‘Sunset’ Date


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a long-awaited advisory on its Web site alerting consumers about the advanced mobile phone service (AMPS) “Sunset” date.

The FCC established Feb. 18, 2008, as the date cellular carriers will be released from their obligation to continue operating analog wireless networks.

The ability to reference a formal advisory from the FCC can greatly help alarm companies in their attempts to explain the AMPS issue to customers, says Lou Fiore, chairman of the Alarm Industry Communications Committee (AICC).

“Alarm companies now have an official FCC proclamation about the AMPS transition that they can provide to their customers in printed form or by referring them to the FCC’s Web site,” Fiore says.

Much of the advisory is based on language suggested by the AICC, including:

“According to the alarm industry, out of a total 26 million installed alarm systems, there are approximately one million systems that use analog radio equipment. Wireless alarm systems installed before Spring 2006 generally used analog equipment.”

To read to entire advisory, click here.

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