Tri-County Communications and FCC Licensing:
Tri-County Communications has a fully trained staff that is experienced in making the process of applying for an FCC license smooth and timely. Please contact us for more information on this new FCC regulation or call our office at 800-564-8724 with any licensing questions that you may 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.
What is Narrowbanding?
Private land mobile radio (LMR) systems - including municipal government and State and local public safety systems - use blocks of radio spectrum called channels. Historically, LMR systems have used 25 kHz-wide channels. In December 2004, the Federal Communications Commission mandated that all private LMR users operating below 512 MHz move to 12.5 kHz narrowband voice channels and highly efficient data channel operations by January 1, 2013. This migration complements a National Telecommunications and Information Administration mandate for more rapid Federal agency migration to 12.5 kHz narrowband operation by January 1, 2008. The earlier Federal deadline affects State and local FCC licensees that interface or share frequencies with Federal radio systems.
Are there penalties for using radios without an FCC license?
Yes, the FCC’s policy statement #91-217 (effective August 1, 1991), established fines upwards 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.
Is your business radio system "Narrowband" compliant?
Have you assessed your current radio equipment and applied for new or modified licenses? The FCC deadline of January 1, 2013 has passed and you risk daily fines for not complying!