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Please contact us or Call Toll Free 866.218.9051 with any licensing questions that you might have.
What is the FCC?
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934, and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC’s jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. possessions.
Are there penalties for using radios without an FCC license?
Yes. The FCC’s policy statement 91-217 (effective August 1, 1991), established fines of $8,000.00 per day for unlicensed and/or improperly licensed radio systems. There are various other fines that can also be charged.
Who is required to have an FCC License?
Almost all, commercial or public entity radios need to be licensed. Unless you are a Subscriber on a Communications Service UHF LTR or Community Repeater System, you are required to hold an FCC License for your commercial or public radios. Basically, anything over 1 watt of power needs to have an FCC License.
The Communications Consultants at Mobile Communications Service will assist you in the preparation of all documents necessary to license your business or public safety radio system with the FCC. There is no charge from our company for this assistance or for the renewal of existing licenses. Since we prepare, submit and monitor the license application, the entire licensing process is virtually transparent to our customers.
Mobile Communications Service works closely with a licensed frequency coordinator so we can take care of ALL your FCC licensing requirements. We can assist you with new applications, renewals, relocations and modifications.
We will be glad to help you with all FCC Licensing requirements. We’ve been managing licenses like yours for many years. We can take care of all your FCC Licensing, even if you didn’t purchase your radios through us.
If you get a notice from the FCC or a licensing company, simply forward the notice to us and we’ll let you know if any action is required. Often, FCC notices are just reminding you of an upcoming deadline. Be sure to forward to us any notice from the FCC regarding your FCC license. You will receive other notices regarding your FCC license, usually from licensing companies. They are trying to solicit your FCC licensing business. Send us those notices, too and we will let you know if a response is necessary.
FCC licenses are typically good for 10 years. Each license has an expiration date on it. If you have an expiration coming up within the next few months, let us know and we will take care of the paperwork. Did you get a letter notifying you of an upcoming FCC expiration on one of your licenses? If so, contact us or send us a quick email. Several licensing companies send notifications like this several months before an application could be processed by the FCC.
When you get a new FCC license, you have one year to inform the FCC that it is live and “on the air.” If you don’t submit the required form, the FCC will cancel your license. Again, send us any notices you receive, and we will submit the form for you.
In January 2013, the FCC implemented new requirements that mandated most VHF and UHF licensees make use of narrowband channels. This required some businesses to purchase new equipment, while others had us simply modify their equipment. Either way, a license modification was required to show that this was done. The old wideband emissions designators (eg. 20K) should have been removed from your FCC licenses. If you aren't sure you have completed these narrowbanding requirements, simply contact us and we’ll audit your equipment and let you know if any of your equipment is out of compliance. The FCC is enforcing this new requirement by not allowing you to renew your FCC license unless your equipment is narrowband compliant. They could also fine operators of noncompliant systems.
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