Automatic identification system channels; Radiocommunications (ICS 33.060), Mobile services (ICS 33.070)
Automatic Identification System Channels (9 page(s), in English)
Proposed rule - In this document, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) fulfils the Commission's statutory duty pursuant to Section 8416 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, which directs the Commission to initiate a rulemaking proceeding by 30 June 2021 to consider whether to authorize devices used to mark fishing equipment for use on Automatic Identification System (AIS) channels. This document seeks comment on the extent to which the 1900-2000 kHz band is used to support fishing operations, the extent of unauthorized deployment of devices used to mark fishing equipment using AIS technology on AIS channels, and whether to authorize devices used to mark fishing equipment for use on current AIS channels. In addition, the NPRM explores whether 160.900 MHz is a viable alternative for devices used to mark fishing equipment. In the event the Commission were to authorize devices used to mark fishing equipment to use AIS channels or 160.900 MHz, the NPRM seeks comment on whether there are technical and operational constraints that could be imposed to maintain maritime safety and protect incumbents. Finally, the NPRM seeks comment on a consumer labeling approach for authorized equipment to provide consumers guidance on whether the equipment being purchased complies with both the Coast Guard's and the Commission's rules.