FCC Addressing Amateur Radio Application Backlog

The ARRL reports that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is experiencing computer programming issues that have delayed the processing of hundreds of applications for commercial radio licenses.

According to a posting on the ARRL’s website, the problem was first detected in late June by the ARRL when it attempted to use the Commission’s electronic batch filing systems to upload Amateur Radio Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) and commercial license applications. The problem reportedly affects only files being uploaded by the ARRL, which uses an automated file upload program. The ARRL says that it has used that automated file upload program “for years” without problem.

The Commission has made resolving the upload issue a top priority, according to ARRL VEC manager Maria Somma. In the meantime, more than 1200 applications and nearly 300 exam sessions are awaiting processing by the FCC.

Read the complete text of the ARRL’s posting.

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