Commission seeks comment on emergency communication by amateur radio

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking comments and recommendations on the uses and capabilities of amateur radio operations in emergency situations.

Amateur radio operators have played a vital role in natural disasters, providing a critical communications link for both first responders and victims. Mandated by the recently enacted Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, the Commission’s research in this area is intended to provide a thorough review of the importance of emergency amateur radio communications, identify recommendations for the enhanced use of amateur radio operators, and determine ways to better integrate amateur radio operators into future Federal emergency response initiatives and programs.

Read the complete text of the Commission’s request for comments on emergency amateur radio communications. Comments are due by May 17, 2012, and the Commission’s final report is expected to be submitted to Congress later this year.