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Broadband Opportunities for Rural America


Broadband Opportunities

Wireless Broadband Services

How to Find a Licensee in Your Area

If you are interested in leasing, here are instructions on how to look up the current licensees in a particular geographic area.

  1. Go to the FCC's Universal Licensing System (ULS) License Search
  2. Click on "Advanced License Search"
  3. On the next page, in the section titled Call Sign & Radio Services, click "Match only the following radio service(s)." In the box below, select the wireless services you wish to look up, holding down the "Ctrl" key to select more than one. The following wireless services can be used for wireless broadband services:

    AW = AWS, 1710-1755/2110-2155 MHz band
    BC = 1670-1675 MHz
    BR = Broadband Radio Service
    CL = Cellular Service
    CW = Broadband PCS
    ED = Educational Broadband Service
    LD = Local Multipoint Distribution Service
    MM = Millimeter Wave 70-80-90 GHz Service
    TN = 39 GHz
    TZ = 24 GHz
    WS = Wireless Communications Service
    WZ = 700 MHz Lower Band
  4. Once you have selected the service(s) you are interested in searching, you may wish to fill in additional search parameters on that form, such as a particular licensee name, a particular license date range, or whether you only want to view "Active" licenses.
  5. Once you have finished filling in all of you search parameters, click the "Geosearch" button at the bottom of the page.
  6. On the next page, in the Geographic Search Criteria section, you can limit your search to licensees in particular states and/or counties. Again, hold down the "Ctrl" key to select more than one county.
  7. Click the "Search" button at the bottom of the page.
  8. ULS will then return your search results. The search results will list the companies that are licensed to provide service in the geographic area you selected. This does not mean that the licensee is necessarily offering service there, but that they are licensed to do so. There may be multiple licensees for the same wireless service in one county. To view the details of a license, including contact information for the licensee, click on the "Call Sign" hyperlink next to each licensee name.

Wireless Broadband Services
There are a variety of terrestrial wireless technologies available or being developed to provide broadband services. There are a range of options for accessing spectrum for wireless and satellite broadband services, including spectrum auctions, spectrum leasing, public safety spectrum licensing, and the use Part 15 equipment in license-exempt spectrum bands.
Wireless Broadband Technologies
How to Access Spectrum for Wireless Broadband Services

Wireless Resources
 Diagram of Wireless Broadband Networks (pdf)
 FCC's Wireless Broadband Task Force Report
 Wireless Broadband Fact Sheet (pdf)
 FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
 FCC Office of Engineering & Technology
 Wireless Broadband Forum (2004)
 Rural Wireless ISP Showcase and Workshop (2003)
 Wireless Competition Reports
 Spectrum Auctions
 Secondary Markets
 Wireless Facilities Siting Issues

FCC Proceedings Related to Wireless Broadband
The FCC has several ongoing proceedings related to wireless broadband services, spectrum, and technology.

 FCC Proceedings Related to Wireless Broadband

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