OT: RE: [aprssig] D-710 at FCC test site
droobie at maine.rr.com
Tue Aug 7 04:18:46 CDT 2007
At 04:42 AM 8/7/2007, Stephen H. Smith wrote:
>In more populated areas, carriers will complete the phase out of
>analog systems in 2009, when the FCC drops the "must support" mandate.
The must support mandate has bounced around a little, but it seems
your date of 2009 may be incorrect. I do think all analog cellular
services will be pretty much dead by 2009, however. I highly doubt
they'll take away this receiver cellular blocking rule nonsense after
that, which is unfortunate.
"In 2002, the FCC decided to no longer require A and B carriers to
support AMPS service as of
I believe that means the 'Must Support" mandate ends Feb 18th 2008,
not 2009. These carriers will strip the AMPS hardware off the towers
in record time to use the rest of their spectrum and probably to
shift their digital racks up (if applicable). This problem will be
dead and over with by mid/late 2008.
AT&T (and others) have already said expect analog to go away starting
at that February date. Onstar was the leading user of analog and
they've already sounded their own death whistle for the analog
customers. They won't even be waiting until equipment gets removed
by the sounds of it, they'll just throw away the analog customers in
>However, phones sold by the smaller carriers in regional markets do
>often still have an analog mode.
A few years ago this was true. However, because of requirements as
of the end of 2005 for Cellular E911, most of those phones would
likely be out of compliance (several of my CDMA/Analog phones from my
2003-2005 former US Cellular days definitely are). Existing
customers can use them, but they cannot be re-activated or replaced
with non-compliant hardware if they break.
In our land of rural carriers, they converted to digital back in the
early part of this decade (TDMA) and then switched standards yet
again (one to CDMA, one to GSM). Even those small carriers like
LongLines Wireless (Dakotas), Pioneer Cellular (Canton OK) have
evolved as digital carriers in some form or another. They had a lot
of time and incentive to do that, since they could benefit directly
from higher revenue/site, extensive roaming revenue, and rural
telecom grants/government funds. In most cases, the first objective
was to overlay the existing network and then evolve new coverage areas.
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