AMPS Cellular Sunset on Schedule with No Extension

Alarm dealers need to take immediate action to upgrade common communication, back-up communication method


Despite intense efforts by the Alarm Industry Communications Committee (AICC) and the rest of the alarm industry to seek an extension, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has informally indicated that AICC's request for a two-year extension of the AMPS Sunset date will NOT be granted. In the absence of an affirmative extension from the FCC, the AMPS Sunset WILL OCCUR as scheduled. The largest cellular carriers (providing service to most of the country) have publicly reported to the FCC that they will shut down their AMPS service shortly after the scheduled February 18, 2008 "Sunset" date. In fact, there have been several reports of AMPS network deterioration. Therefore, immediate action is required..

IMPACT ON ALARM COMPANIES

What this means to the alarm industry is that whatever cellular backup or primary units (both direct analog and control channel versions) an alarm company may had previously installed will no longer work once the cellular carrier shuts down its AMPS system, after February 18, 2008. Please be aware that some dealers are under the misconception that their installed cellular units are "digital" and they are not affected by this sunset issue. Unless you have specifically installed GSM cellular radios, your 'digital' uits which use the control channel of the analog (AMPS) service will stop functioning.