In 2010, the FCC proposed changing Part 95 rules on Personal Radio Services, including the FRS, GMRS and CB. The commission introduced WT Docket No. 10-119 and solicited comments from the public. The commission issued a proposed Report and Order April 27, 2017 to reform Part 95. After nearly seven years, the FCC brought the proposal up for consideration and a possible ruling at their monthly Open Commission Meeting on the morning of May 18, 2017.
Consideration of the Report and Order for Part 95 reform was the third item on the meeting agenda. Nese Guendelsberger, Acting Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, introduced the proposed report and order to the commission.
FCC Mobility Division Deputy Chief Tom Derenge presented the proposal. "We did a thorough review of all Part 95 rules because many are decades old and contained outdated requirements and are inconsistent with current uses of the services", Derenge stated.
Commissioner Michael O'Rielly attempted to answer the long standing question as to why it took so long to rule on the proposal. "Seven years later and no one has a great reason for the delay", O'Rielly said, and then added "though it's clearly not the fault of the staff."
After a very short consideration, the Part 95 Reform Report and Order was unanimously approved by the commissioners. For details, read the official FCC press release.
According to the FCC, rules usually become effective 30 days after they are published in the Federal Register.
For a review of key changes to the new Part 95 rules, read FCC considers reform of Part 95 rules for personal radio services. We discuss the proposal in depth in Episode 112 of The Two Way Radio Show Podcast.