Local Hospitals & Public Safety Feeling the Squeeze of FCC Narrow Banding Mandate


On January 1, 2013, all paging equipment (including pagers, transmitters etc) must move to a 12.5 KHz narrowband channel or to a technology that achieves equivalent efficiency.   Talk is Cheap The FCC has been talking about Narrow Banding for quite a while, since 1995 in fact, when the first narrow banding rules were adopted.  In 2004 the FCC announced the deadline of January 1, 2013 as the drop dead date for all Public Safety and Industrial/Business licensees to move their communications from the 25 kHz (wideband) radio frequency to the 12.5 kHz (narrowband) channel bandwidth or a technology that achieves equivalent efficiency. With the January 1, 2013 deadline fast approaching many organizations are in a tail spin over finding funds and/or new technology to comply with the Mandate, especially those who chose to delay system updates.  Public Safety, businesses, and hospitals are especially feeling the pressure. Many are scrambling […] Read more »

Why is Pager Coverage Vanishing in the State of Illinois?


  It’s a small pager world and it keeps getting smaller. Recently, the Illinois Department of Central Management Services BCCS (Bureau of Communication and Computer Services) in their Telecommunications Bulletin, announced the decommissioning of telecommunication towers which provided pager services for six of their local cities and towns.  The Bulletin also reported that another four cities may also be out of service in coming months. This news follows two previous pager service discontinuation bulletins in August Bulletin and October Bulletin of last year for yet two other Illinois cities. The trend is serious news for the state, which anticipates the decommissioning trend to continue. So what is causing the paging service providers to terminate such critical messaging coverage to area cities?  The answer may just come down to dollars and cents. It’s no secret that the traditional paging industry is currently facing some serious challenges. The original telephone based pager […] Read more »