Commercial Mobile Radio Services

What Does Commercial Mobile Radio Services Mean?

Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS) is a regulatory
classification for mobile phone service in the U.S. created by the Federal
Communications Commissions in 1993. It governs cellular, SMR/ESMR and PCS
communication under a single regulatory umbrella. Under the law, mobile
services are regulated as common carriers if they wish to deliver services to
the general public.


Techopedia Explains Commercial Mobile Radio Services

The Commercial Mobile Radio Service classification was created by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission as part of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993. It initially covered paging, land mobile services, specialized mobile radio services, public coast stations and other wireless communications methods where providers offered services to the general public for a fee. It essentially brought all mobile services under one regulatory umbrella while cell phone technology was only just becoming widespread among consumers. The regulation makes a distinction between for-profit services and private services.


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