Licenses in this band, whether they were initially issued as a result of lottery or auction, are maintained through our Universal Licensing System (ULS)
. New licenses are issued only via auction for all 220 MHz spectrum except Public Safety or Government only spectrum.
There are a total of 908 geographical area licenses (QA radio service). Most of these licenses have been successfully auctioned in auctions 18, 24, 43, and 72. The Commission may hold additional auctions in the future for QA licenses that revert back to the FCC. Information about such auctions may be obtained at the FCC Auctions
Also, there are additional ways to gain access to this spectrum:
- You may lease spectrum by entering into a contract with a 220 MHz Band Manager.
- A Licensee may sell all or part of its license to you, subject to FCC approval. (Assignment or Partial Assignment).
- You may acquire a 220 MHz licensee’s company, including its FCC license, subject to FCC approval. (Transfer of Control).
Methods 2 and 3 require an application via the ULS and subsequent approval of the FCC.