Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Report Use of FCC-Non-Compliant Equipment

January 23, 2019

In 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an Enforcement Advisory cautioning against the use, sale, and importation or marketing of low-cost, two-way VHF/UHF radios that do not comply with FCC rules. The advisory came in response to advocacy work conducted by the Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) and the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA). While EWA is pleased that the FCC has issued the Advisory, the next step is enforcement of it. EWA seeks the support of licensed radio users and wireless sales and service providers to assist with the enforcement of violations of these rules.

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 wide band operations.
  • Anyone importing, advertising or selling non-compliant devices should stop.
  • Anyone owning such devices should not use them.
  • Violators may be subject to substantial monetary fines.
Complying with FCC rules is crucial to maintaining order and the efficient use of spectrum, specifically, protecting against interference from unauthorized radio use. 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 are aware of any
individual or organization that is using illegal, non-compliant equipment or are aware of a company marketing such devices for sale, please contact EWA Communications Director Andrea Cumpston at 703-797-5111 or