BearCom Video Explains Which Two-Way Radios Comply with FCC Narrowbanding and which Must Be Replaced

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is requiring two-way radio users to employ 12.5-kHz narrowband technology by year's end

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is requiring companies and public agencies that use two-way radios to employ 12.5-kHz narrowband technology. by January 1, 2013. Users must modify their FCC licenses and, when appropriate, reprogram or replace existing equipment to meet the narrowbanding requirement.

BearCom, a nationwide provider of wireless communications equipment and solutions, produced an instructional video (below) explaining what narrowbanding is and detailing important changes coming soon to federal regulation of two-way radios.

The video was in partnership with Motorola Solutions. It compares the new FCC rules to the re-striping of a busy highway. With more lanes, the video explains, the highway can accommodate more traffic. The video reminds users that while many newer radios can be reprogrammed, some older ones must be replaced. The deadline for compliance is January 1, 2013, and violators face the prospect of heavy fines and the possibility of losing their FCC licenses.

“The narrowbanding mandate is causing hundreds of thousands of two-way radio users to make investments in their equipment,” said Jerry Denham, BearCom’s President & CEO. “We at BearCom want to help them understand the new rules and what steps they may need to take to be in compliance by January 1.”

BearCom, Motorola Solutions, and the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) worked together to launch last year to serve as another important resource to help educate the public about the narrowbanding requirement. BearCom also released its 2012 Two-Way Radio Narrowbanding Guide, which is available free for downloading at

“With this federal mandate come some real opportunities,” Denham said. “Two-way radio technology continues to advance, enabling users to move to new levels of efficiency and cost savings. We want to help companies and agencies make the right choices from the many communication options available to them.”