Originally, FCC rules required all cellular licensees to provide analog service based on an analog standard referred to as Advanced Mobile Phone Service (AMPS). As of February 18, 2008, the requirement to provide analog service “sunset.” This means licensees are no longer required to provide analog service, but can continue to do so at their option.
Cellular licensees that stop providing analog service must either provide a revised cellular geographic service area showing (CGSA) or submit a certification stating that discontinuance of analog service will not result in any loss of cellular coverage throughout the affected CGSA. The certification must be filed at least 60 days before discontinuing analog service in a particular CGSA.
Licensees must file the certification at least 60 days before discontinuing analog service in a particular CGSA. The certification must comply with Section 1.16
of the Commission’s rules (unsworn declarations under penalty of perjury in lieu of affidavits), be signed by an officer or director of the licensee, and be filed online.
If a licensee elects to file such a certification, its analog-determined CGSA (on file with the Commission as of the certification filing date) will remain its CGSA, and it will not be required to file a revised CGSA determination at that time. If at any time after the certification filing date, a licensee modifies a site that defines part of its CGSA boundary, it must file revised CGSA information for that site pursuant to Section 22.911
. If a licensee has any CGSA-defining cell site changes and it cannot make the requisite certification, it must file a revised CGSA showing.
To file a certification, click the Certification Filing link at the top right of the screen.
Additional information about the Cellular Service is available at the Cellular Encyclopedia page