This section contains the statutory basis for this part of the rules and provides the purpose for which this part is issued.
(a) Basis. The rules for the maritime services in this part are promulgated under the provisions of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, which vests authority in the Federal Communications Commission to regulate radio transmission and to issue licenses for radio stations. The rules in this part are in accordance wtih applicable statutes, international treaties, agreements and recommendations to which the United States is a party. The most significant of these documents are listed below with the short title appearing in parenthesis:
Communications Act of 1934, as amended - (Communications Act).
Communications Satellite Act of 1962, as amended - (Communications Satellite Act).
International Telecommunication Union Radio Regulations, in force for the United States - (Radio Regulations).
Agreement Between the United States of America and Canada for the Promotion of Safety on the Great Lakes by Means of Radio, as amended, and the Technical Regulations annexed thereto - (Great Lakes Radio Agreement).
International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended, and the Annex thereto - (Safety Convention).
Vessel Bridge-to-Bridge Radiotelephone Act - (Bridge-to-Bridge Act).
(b) Purpose. This part states the conditions under which radio may be licensed and used in the maritime services. These rules do not govern radio stations operated by agencies of the U.S. Government.