Consultation open on radio licensing changes

By Critical Comms Staff
Wednesday, 08 February, 2017

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ACMA has invited feedback on proposed changes to the Citizen Band Radio Stations Class Licence 2015.

The licence authorises the use of CB stations and sets out the conditions for their use.

Two main changes are being proposed, including the removal of the 30 June 2017 time limit on the use of 25 kHz (40 channel) CBRS equipment and removal of the limitation on the interlinking of CB repeaters.

The aim of these changes is to reduce costs to CB users by allowing the continued use of equipment and allowing greater flexibility in interlinking.

ACMA has released a consultation paper that explains the proposed changes and the Radiocommunications (Citizen Band Radio Stations) Class Licence Variation 2017 (No.1) (the draft 2017 CBRS Class Licence Variation).

The draft 2017 CBRS Class Licence Variation will, if made by the ACMA following consultation, affect the proposed changes.

The consultation paper, draft 2017 CBRS Class Licence Variation, a link to the current 2015 CBRS Class Licence and details on how to make a submission are available from the ACMA website.

Submissions on the proposed changes are invited up to 6 March 2017.

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