Issue 3 and Volume 136.

THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION COMMUNICATIONS COMMUNICATIONS OVERVIEW Imagining the efficient delivery of fire prevention and control services without two-way mobile communication is almost impossible. Indeed, we largely take for granted the availability of radio communications. But the ability to engage in two-way radio communication does not magically appear. The land mobile radio systems operated by fire departments throughout the United States are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The Communications Act of 1934 requires all persons, fire departments as well as television broadcast stations, to obtain a license from the FCC to operate radio transmitters. Under the Communications Act, the FCC is also responsible for allocating portions of the radio spectrum for various communication uses and classes of stations and for establishing the rules, regulations and eligibility criteria governing the operation of the various classes of stations. Radio spectrum overview The radio spectrum is divided principally into several functional…

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