The FCC is seeking comments on a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) in WT Docket 15-81 that would restrict routine public inspection of an Amateur Radio licensee’s address history. The Commission said it was taking the action in an effort to enhance the privacy of individual licensees. The change would not affect public access to a licensee’s current address information.
“To implement this change, we propose to remove from public view in the Universal Licensing System (ULS) Amateur Radio licensee address information that is not associated with a current license or pending application…,” the FCC said in the NPRM, released on March 31. “We believe that these steps will enhance Amateur Radio operators’ privacy without undermining the public interest in knowing who is authorized to operate on amateur spectrum.”
The Wireless Bureau also solicited public input on whether it should extend the same approach to individual licensees in any other radio services, such as the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS), commercial radio operator licensees, and individuals who hold ship station and/or aircraft station licenses.
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