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Spectrum Management

AFC is APCO's spectrum management arm, providing comprehensive radio frequency coordination for public safety agencies. With the most experienced staff and the largest network of volunteer experts, AFC is the only organization that provides full radio frequency management services for public safety agencies.

APCO’s Spectrum Management Division, AFC, will be attending the IWCE Conference March 16-20, 2015 in Las Vegas and presenting at its College of Technology on Tuesday, March 17, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Stop by booth #1649 to visit with us.

NEW as of 12/30/2014: The FCC has released additional 800 MHz Vacated Spectrum relinquished by Sprint Nextel. AFC is accepting applications for the newly released channels and you may file your application now.

Signal Booster Registration Database: All existing Part 90 Class B signal boosters must be registered in the FCC's Signal Booster Database by November 1, 2014. After that date, Class B signal boosters must be registered prior to operation. [As defined per FCC 47 CFR 90.219: Class B signal booster. A signal booster designed to retransmit any signals within a wide frequency band. A signal booster is deemed to be a Class B signal booster if it has a passband that exceeds 75 kHz.] The FCC has announced the availability of the database to be used by licensees to register their Class B signal boosters and provided a short set of instructions. The registration database is available at: www.fcc.gov/signal-boosters/registration.

Signal Jammers: In a joint effort by the FCC and DHS, a Bulletin regarding the use of Signal Jammers has been issued for First Responders.


Frequency Coordination
As an FCC-certified coordinator, APCO AFC can help you apply for, or modify, the license required to operate a two-way radio system.

Our professional full-time staff has experience in application preparation and processing, licensing, FCC Rules and Regulations, and the coordination process, and can provide you with full-service licensing preparation.

NEW! Submissions made easier with interactive online forms for these licensing services:  


License Management
Get peace of mind when you have AFC review your license for compliance with FCC Rules and Regulations, ensure adherence to future FCC changes and provide support for time sensitive requirements.

We have the tools to help you determine the specific availability of spectrum, analyze the potential for interference, locate an acceptable frequency, and face other engineering challenges.

Local Advisors
This network of public safety communications experts trained in FCC licensing and frequency coordination procedures can help applicants with the coordination process, answer questions about FCC rules and procedures, and investigate interference problems.

If you are a public safety licensee experiencing interference, submit a compliance request report to APCO, the FCC's point of contact for interference below 512 MHz.


Learn more about public safety licensing, frequency coordination, engineering and other spectrum topics from these APCO articles and webinars:

AFC is a division of APCO International – a non-profit organization dedicated to serving those in public safety communications.

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