The Liberia Telecommunications Authority has announced the expiration of all F.M. radio licenses pending the review of individual frequency assignments.The sweeping action is part of the mandate enforced through the new F M Regulations and the deadline for compliance is December 31st 2019.
All station owners are urged to come in to the LTA to secure their frequency assignment or risk the redelegation to new radio station applicants in January.The effort is to harmonize the frequency landscape and provide interference protection for legitimately registered and compliant stations.
LTA Public Affairs Director Jarsea Burphy says, ‘there are simply too many unregistered stations in the country, especially in Montserrado County. This exercise whether you have been in operation for years or just started will affect you.’
The LTA is the government agency responsible for the assignment and management of our International Telecommunication Union assigned Spectrum. ‘As stewards, we have to ensure that those who use our frequency, do so legitimately and without interference from others.’
The LTA has a back log of applications for F M Stations and if those who should come in to reapply and secure their frequencies do not comply by the December 31 2019 deadline, the risk of reassignment is imminent and frequencies will be redelegated to new applicants clearing the landscape for those wishing to operate in compliance.
The LTA has eliminated the distinction between commercial and noncommercial stations, encouraging owners to define their own income generating platforms. The Regulator has also introduced a new five year license retiring the annual renewal process. Owners will still however, have to be compliant with the Ministry of Information which issues Permits.In January the LTA will begin the process of reviewing new applicants nationwide.