The following is the summary of a proposed rule from the Federal Communications Commission:
(WASHINGTON) — Federal Communications Commission (commission or FCC) invites comment on issues regarding updating rules and requirements for technologies used to locate and rescue distressed ships and individuals in distress at sea or on land to provide better and more accurate data to rescue personnel. The commission also invites comments on rules regarding radar equipment, the use of portable marine very high frequency (VHF) transmitters by persons on shore; permitting VHF digital small message service (VDSMS); and allowing assignment or transfer of control of ship station licenses.
These rules will enable the maritime radio services to better protect lives and property at sea, as well as support improved day-to-day operations. New technologies will be used to locate and rescue distressed ships and individuals in distress at sea or on land to provide better and more accurate data to rescue personnel.
DATES: Submit comments on or before June 2, 2014, and reply comments are due on or before June 30, 2014.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by WT Docket No. 14–36, FCC 14–20, by any of the following methods:
• Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
• Federal Communications Commission’s Web site: http:// www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
• Mail: Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554.
• People With Disabilities: Contact the FCC to request reasonable accommodations (accessible format documents, sign language interpreters, CART, etc.) by email: FCC504@fcc.gov or phone 202–418–0530 or TTY: 202– 418–0432.
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