The FCC on GMRS: SOL or ROFL?
September 16, 2008 10:16 AM Subscribe
Is the FCC enforcing licensing requirements for GMRS two-way radios?
posted by itstheclamsname to technology (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Many inexpensive two-way radios now have the capacity to broadcast and receive on General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) frequencies, greatly extending their range. What is rather poorly advertised on these devices is that these frequencies require an FCC license to use, which appears to cost $85.
So: 1) Does the FCC actively enforce these rules, and if so, how can it do so? 2) Are these devices being sold with a wink and a nod, with the expectation that no one is acquiring the necessary licenses?
I've thought about getting a pair of these radios but I've always been curious about this limitation.