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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB024 (2000)

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ARLB024 FCC opens ULS to Web applications

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ARRL Bulletin 24  ARLB024
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  May 9, 2000
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLB024 FCC opens ULS to Web applications

Amateurs now can file ULS applications via the Web. The FCC opened
ULS to Internet filers on April 29 and formally announced the system
this week.

FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Chief Thomas Sugrue announced
that ULS users now can file applications and notifications via the
Internet for all services previously only available by dial-up
connection to the Commission's Wide Area Network. To access the new
capability, visit the ULS home page at http://www.fcc.gov/wtb/uls
and click on ''Online Filing.''

The ULS--the FCC's interactive on-line licensing application,
modification and renewal system for wireless telecommunications
services--was deployed for the Amateur Service last August 16.

Sugrue noted that many ULS users had requested the ability to access
ULS through the Internet in order to utilize their high speed
Internet connectivity. He also addressed concerns about the security
of transactions handled via the Internet.

''We now have the technology in place that assures the integrity and
security of data transmitted over the Internet along with high speed
connectivity,'' he said. ''This is another step forward in the
expanding functionality of ULS.''

The FCC says that to make online payments requires that users be
running the 128-bit encryption version of Netscape, Ver 4.73. The
FCC currently supports only recent versions of Netscape for online
filing tasks but says that support for other browsers and platforms
is in the works and should be available shortly.

Dial-up access continues to be available.
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