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Broadband PCS



The Commission set aside the spectrum between 1850 MHz and 1990 MHz for broadband PCS. The FCC has held 6 auctions for 120 MHz of the spectrum, which is divided into six frequency blocks (A through F). The remaining 20 MHz in the spectrum block is reserved for unlicensed broadband PCS applications that could include both data and voice services.

Licensing Process

  1. Spectrum Auction
    The FCC conducts a spectrum auction of one or more licenses.

  2. Filing Applications
    Once an auction is completed, the FCC issues a public notice announcing the winning high bidders and provides instructions regarding down payments on the licenses won as well as instructions for submitting a completed long-form Form 601 application(s) covering each license. Such applications must be filed electronically through the Universal Licensing System.

  3. Grant Announcements
    The FCC will then issue a public notice announcing grant of license.

  4. Construction Requirements
    Once licensed, the FCC's rules require that broadband PCS licensees meet specific construction requirements.


Obtaining Spectrum

An auction of certain broadband PCS licenses, Auction No. 71, is scheduled to begin May 16, 2007. You may also be able to obtain a broadband PCS license(s) from a current broadband PCS licensee through the secondary market. Licensees may sell or lease all or part of their licenses, subject to FCC approval, to other entities. You may also acquire a company, including its licenses.
In addition, consistent with the flexible use allocations required by Section 303(y) of the Communications Act of 1934, other spectrum bands, such as 700 MHz, 800 MHz (cellular and SMR), and Advanced Wireless Services spectrum, may be used for mobile telephone services similar to those provided using broadband PCS spectrum.

Universal Licensing System
 Daily Transaction Files
 License Search
Radio Service Codes
CW - PCS Broadband

Auctions and Winning Bidders
12/5/1994 - 3/13/1995
99 Licenses Won
12/18/1995 - 5/6/1996
493 Licenses Won
7/3/1996 - 7/16/1996
18 Licenses Won
8/26/1996 - 1/14/1997
1472 Licenses Won
3/23/1999 - 4/15/1999
302 Licenses Won
12/12/2000 - 1/26/2001
422 Licenses Won
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