FCC (Federal Communications Commission)
1. Brief introduction of FCC
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent agency of the United States government, created, Congressional statute (see 47 U.S.C. § 151 and 47 U.S.C. § 154), and with the majority of its commissioners appointed by the current President. The FCC works towards six goals in the areas of broadband, competition, the spectrum, the media, public safety and homeland security, and modernizing the FCC.
The FCC took over wire communication regulation from the Interstate Commerce Commission. The FCC's mandated jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions. However, the FCC also provides varied degrees of cooperation, oversight, and leadership for similar communications bodies in other countries of North America. The FCC has an estimated 2011 budget of US$335.8 million which is entirely funded by regulatory fees, and has a proposed budget of $354.2 million for 2012, which will also be fully derived from regulatory fees. It has 1,898 federal employees.
2. FCC Licensing Process
a) In line with the statement: Product responsible party (manufacturer or importer) will be specified in the FCC compliance testing organization for product testing, to detect
report, if the products comply with FCC standards, add in the products corresponding labels in the user manual in a statement on the line with FCC standards, and reserves for FCC testing report request.
b) The application ID, first apply for a FRN, used to fill in other forms. If the applicant is the first time to apply for FCC ID, on the need to apply for a permanent Grantee Code. Waiting for FCC approval of Grantee Code for distribution to the applicant at the same time, the applicant should make the best time to test equipment.
c) To be ready all the materials requested by the FCC and report upon the completion of testing, FCC should have the approval of the Grantee Code. The applicant with this Code, testing reports and materials required to complete the online FCC Form 731 and Form 159. Form 159 and FCC remittances received after start accepting applications for certification. FCC accepted ID to apply for the average time for 60 days. The admissibility of the end, FCC's FCC ID will be sent to the applicant Original Grant. The applicant can get a certificate after the sale or export of relevant products.
3. FCC certification information to be submitted
a) To apply for certification of products and manufacturers to apply for certification to full name and contact details mailing address;
b) Will be made available to user authentication products to install and use a copy of the manual. (Such as the product has not yet user manuals, providing relevant content will be grass copies);
c) Schematic diagram of electrical products and explain the working principle. (Such as grounding or antenna products, should be described);
d) The product of the work of oscillation frequency table, the table should include the spread of the signal path and the corresponding oscillation frequency;
e) Other product features should be noted
a) The relevant documentation required for the two types of Chinese and English;
b) In order to shorten the certification period, the information provided in the best form for the electronic document;
c) During the certification process, for some special cases, enterprises may need to pay additional relevant information.
5. FCC Certification Fees
1) The FCC collects several types of fees:
a) Application Processing Fees for licenses, equipment approvals, antenna registrations, tariff filings, formal complaints (not ordinary complaints), and other authorizations and regulatory actions.
b) Annual Regulatory Fees collected from specific categories of regulated entities in the mass media, common carrier, wireless, international and cable television services.
c) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Fees for processing requests under the Freedom of Information Act.
d) Auction Payments for upfront payments, down payments, and subsequent payments for licenses that the FCC auctions.
e) Forfeitures are penalties that the FCC may assess for violations of law or noncompliance with authorizations.
2) You can pay the FCC three ways:
a) Online - This is the easiest way to pay annual regulatory fees, outstanding bills from the FCC, or application fees for electronically filed applications. Pay by credit card or debit from a bank account.
b) FCC Form 159 - This form can be sent by mail to pay any type of FCC fee by check, credit card, or wire transfer. Some FCC bills include a version of Form 159 with most information pre-filled for you.
c) If you receive a forfeiture order, it will include instructions on how to send payment.