Do I Really Need the FCC License?

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When using business radios, it's important to know that your only communication won't be with your employees. You'll also have to make contact with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). According to FCC regulations, all business radios must license a radio frequency. You see, airwaves are considered public property and the FCC has to regulate the use of those public airwaves fairly. Otherwise, it would be easy for frequencies to be taken over for other uses, and like many things, airwaves can be a commodity.

Radio and TV stations use FCC licensing to broadcast waves, but businesses with two way radio connections are just as important. All radio operators, from businesses to ham radio operators, need to have FCC licensing for the specific frequency you'll be using.  It's simply the law.

If you're a business just starting out with a two way radio network, then be sure to check with the FCC to make sure that you're in compliance with all appropriate regulations and requirements for licensing and use. You can find more information about FCC radio licensing at the official FCC site.