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Licensing Services from the Specialists
Information Station Specialists has more than 30 years experience offering the FCC licensing services that allow you to obtain the authorization to operate our radio products. We will prepare your license application expertly and submit it to the FCC promptly at a reasonable cost. Generally, the cost of the services below is included in the price for new information radio station packages.
Standard Licensing Package $895
...for a single AM or VHF location or operating area. Includes
  1. Preparation of the engineering study.
  2. Subsequent filing of the first (remove) regular 10-year license application.
  3. Special Temporary Assignment, if needed.
  4. Construction notification, after the station is on-air.
  5. Changes, as required.
  6. Tracking of progress and notification of your staff.
...additional locations and areas: $150 each.
Individual Services and Packages as follows . . .
  • Frequency Search Service: $350 (a report listing frequencies that meet FCC separation standards at a given operating location or area.
  • Frequency Planning Package: $1391 (Includes Frequency Search, Standard Licensing Package and Signal Measurement Receiver to assist in frequency selection)
  • Engineering Study: $495.
  • Special 30-day Temporary Assignment: $495.
  • Modification of Existing License: $495.
  • Filing of Special Temporary Assignment, Construction Notification or License Renewal: $95.
We Are with You
From beginning to end, we will work with you to obtain FCC licensing for your station; i.e., tracking filing numbers, informing you of grant dates and call signs. If you need to modify the application due to a change, it's covered. Should you need a temporary license to begin broadcasting before the FCC grants your 10-year license, it's in there. Once your station is built, we will file the required construction notification with the FCC to lock in your license for the full 10 years. Throughout the process, you will remain in the loop.

During the application process and for the life of your station, we will scan the radio spectrum and advise you immediately if there are interference issues, including any changes in full-power broadcast stations that could negatively impact your station's operation.
Forms to Acquire Services
We have designed an easy-to-complete form to help you test frequencies in your geographic area and communicate with us about them. To use this interactive PDF form on your computer, simply download it by right-clicking this form link and saving the form to your desktop ("save target as"). Then open the form separately on your desktop and complete and email it back to us by clicking the blue "Submit by Email" button in the form. You can print the completed form but you will not be able to save it intact unless you have AcrobatPro. (Unfortunately, some browsers will not allow you to use interactive PDFs; hence the need to save such forms to your desktop and open them there.)

To complete a FCC application, right-click on the desired form below (1, 2 or 3) based on the type of station you want, save the form to your desktop, open it separately from your desktop, complete it on your computer, click the "Submit by Email" button and you're done. Thanks. We will respond.
  1. Single Fixed Station form.
  2. Multiple Fixed Stations form.
  3. Portable Station(s) form.
Notes and Recommendations
Because FCC processing time is unpredictable, we recommend you request licensing and other FCC documentation services as soon as you know for sure you will have a station − definitely no later than when you place your radio equipment order. See links (below) for easy-to-complete, interactive forms that get the ball rolling.

The FCC considers the authorizations for information radio stations secondary to full-power broadcast stations. This means, that in a rare situation in which a full-power station on the same frequency might move into a given area, an information radio station already in that vicinity on the same frequency might need to change frequency. We can assist. For a summary of the types of messages the FCC allows, see our Permitted Content webpage. For details, download FCC Part 90.242 TIS Rules, updated in 2013 and 2015, and the FCC TIS Compliance Guide, published in 2014.

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Information Radio Stations is a generic term synonymous with Travelers Information Stations (TIS), Highway Advisory Radio Stations (HAR) / Highway Information Systems & Low Power Radio Stations (LPR). Operation of the stations is governed by FCC Part 90.242 Rules. A FCC license is required. Information Radio Stations may be fixed or portable. Subcomponents may include transmitter, antenna and ground system, digital voice player, wateter, cabinet with conventional or Corbin locks, lightning arrestors for RF, power and telephone lines, coaxial cable. Most stations employ black maximized antennas to discourage ice accumulation and security measures to prevent unauthorized program access. Options include synchronization, battery backup, solar power, remote programming by local, network or telco, multi-station audio distribution via RF or LAN / WAN or wireless network.