The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is responsible for allocating licenses for use of the electromagnetic spectrum (radio and wireless cellular frequencies). The license process applies to commercial users, non-commercial users, and state, county and local governments. This includes commercial, non-commercial, and public safety fixed and mobile wireless, broadcast television & radio, satellite, and other radio communication services.
The criteria for obtaining an FCC license can be complex. All applications for new licenses and renewals are processed by the FCC according to federal regulations. According to the FCC, a new tower construction requires:
- approval from the state or local governing authority for the proposed site;
- compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA);
- compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA); and may require
- notification to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); and
- Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) with the FCC.
LET PROCOM'S FCC LICENSING GROUP HANDLE THE DETAILS
Procom’s FCC Licensing Group provides support for the complex FCC application and certification process for systems that Procom installs and services.
For more information on our licensing service, please contact us at 877.290.0222 or online by clicking here.
In January 2013, the FCC implemented new requirements that mandated all 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. A license modification is required to show that this was done. If you aren't sure you have completed these narrowbanding requirements, simply contact us and we’ll let you know. The FCC is enforcing this new requirement by not allowing you to renew your license unless your equipment is narrowband compliant. They could also fine operators of noncompliant systems.
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 all 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 at email@example.com. Several licensing companies send notifications like this several months before an application could even be processed by the FCC.