FCC Licensing

McAfee's Communications Inc. can assist you with all of your two-way radio FCC Licensing and regulatory needs.

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 Broadway Technologies, Inc. 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.

Contact us about FCC Licensing Assistance.

The Narrowbanding Mandate

Understanding FCC Narrowbanding Requirements

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) started the Narrowbanding proceedings, also known as Refarming, almost twenty years ago in an effort to promote more efficient spectrum use in the 150-174 MHz (VHF) and 421-512 MHz (UHF) Part 90 radio frequency bands (which include Business, Industrial, Education, Transportation, Public Safety, and State, Local, and Provincial Government two-way radio system licensees). The FCC has released numerous rulings during this time defining the requirements and mandating specific deadlines which you may need to take action on.

What are the potential enforcement consequences to VHF/UHF licensees of failing to narrowband by January 1, 2013?

As of January 1, 2013, the Commission's rules will prohibit Industrial/Business and Public Safety Radio Pool licensees in the 150-174 MHz and 421-512 MHz bands from operating with wideband channels (unless their equipment meets the narrowband efficiency standard), even if the license still lists a wideband emission designator. Licensees operating in wideband mode after January 1, 2013 that have not received a waiver from the Commission extending the deadline will be in violation of these rules. Operation in violation of the Commission's rules may subject licensees to appropriate enforcement action, including admonishments, license revocation, and/or monetary forfeitures of up to $16,000 for each such violation or each day of a continuing violation and up to $112,500 for any single act or failure to act.11.