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FCC Looks for Filers to Test-Drive Licensing System

Commission seeks feedback on CLS; here’s your chance to comment

Do you use the FCC’s CDBS to file applications for radio broadcast services? If you do, and if you’ll be in Washington this Thursday, the FCC has an invite for you.

At spring NAB and the recent Radio Show, the commission gave broadcasters a peek at what it plans for its new Consolidated Licensing System. Now the agency is inviting more users to take a test drive.

The commission says “usability test sessions” this Thursday are another step in its efforts to improve spectrum management and to develop a licensing system that is, as the commission puts it, transparent, accessible, data-driven, efficient, cost-effective and consolidated.

The FCC soon will issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking looking for comment on potential features of CLS and proposed changes to its application forms. Feedback it gets from these test sessions will be incorporated into the design as appropriate, according to the FCC.

As Radio World has reported, the commission expects to deploy the new licensing system in phases because of the complexity and size of the project.

At two usability sessions — one on Thursday morning, the other after lunch —participants will sit down at a computer to complete a series of application filings based on real-world cases. They’ll use working models of CLS screen mock-ups.

Folks interested in trying out the CLS mock-up are asked to register by contacting Eugene Chun at [email protected] by Oct. 13.

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