County dodges bullet with FCC

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Waiver allows time to find money for radios

By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

Levy County has dodged an expensive bullet to meet a Jan. 1, 2013, deadline for converting all its Department of Public Safety radios to 12.5kHz, better known as narrowbanding.

The failure to meet the deadline, which was set by the Federal Communications Commission in 2004, could have resulted in stiff fines for every day the county did not comply. 

However, the change could cost as much as $900,000, according to Department of Public Safety Director David Knowles. It would have meant changes in the agency's emergency medical services and fire radios.

Knowles announced at a County Commission meeting Tuesday morning that the FCC has issued a waiver to the deadline. 

“On Dec. 31 we received a waiver for 12 months from the FCC to become compliant,” Knowles said, giving credit to County Attorney Anne Bast Brown.

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