ARRL

FCC and RFI Matters

The FCC and RFI

The Amateur Radio Service is just one of many services administered by the FCC's Wireless Telecommications Bureau.  In fact, under federal law, the FCC is responsible for regulation of almost all non-military radio communications in the United States.  These laws also give the FCC - and only the FCC - exclusive jurisdiction over matters involving radio interference. It isn’t surprising, therefore, that a basic understanding of FCC regulation and treatment of an RFI problem is often crucial toward solving it.  As its name implies, the FCC's Enforcement Bureau handles enforcement matters, including the rules regarding harmful interference to licensed radio services.  The ARRL's Federal RFI Preemption Web page also contains additional details on the FCC's exclusive jurisdiction in RFI matters.