Thursday, September 27, 2018


FCC Enforcement Bureau Equipment Compliance Advisory

September 27, 2018

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued an FCC Enforcement Advisory cautioning operators and vendors of low-cost, two-way VHF/UHF radios that such devices may not be imported, advertised or sold let alone used in the United States unless they comply with FCC rules. The advisory comes in response to advocacy work conducted by the Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) and the Enterprise Wireless Alliance who have championed this issue for the past year. We are pleased that the Enforcement Bureau has responded definitively and forcefully.

EWA encourages all to be aware of the Advisory and to share this information. The Advisory makes the key point that because “these devices have not been authorized by the FCC, the devices may not be imported into the United States, retailers may not advertise or sell them, and no one may use them.”

In addition, the Advisory notifies two-way radio users that:
  • The Enforcement Bureau has noticed the rise in sales of low-cost, two-way VHF/UHF radios that do not comply with FCC rules.
  • Some of the radios can be modified to operate on channels for which the user is not authorized and is not eligible.
  • Some radios are capable of prohibited wideband operations.
  • Anyone importing, advertising or selling noncompliant devices should stop.
  • Anyone owning such devices should not use them.
  • Violators may be subject to substantial monetary fines.
“This Advisory serves as an important reminder to all who sell or use two-way radios that observing the rules is critical to spectrum order and efficiency,” said EWA President Mark Crosby. “

The Advisory states that violators “may be subject to penalties authorized by the Communications Act, including, but not limited to, substantial monetary fines (up to $19,639 per day. . . and up to $147,290 for an ongoing violation).”

If you have questions regarding this FCC Enforcement Advisory and/or concerns related to a proposed equipment purchase complying with FCC rules, please call RCS Communications. 800-767-7384.


Enterprise Wireless Alliance Spectrum Advisor or call EWA at 800-482-8282.