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Millimeter Wave 70-80-90 GHz Service



On October 16, 2003, the Commission adopted a Report and Order establishing service rules to promote non-Federal Government development and use of the “millimeter wave” spectrum in the 71-76 GHz, 81-86 GHz and 92-95 GHz bands on a shared basis with Federal Government operations. The Commission adopted a flexible and innovative regulatory framework for the 71-95 GHz bands that would not require traditional frequency coordination among non-Federal Government users. Rights with regard to specific links will be established based upon the date and time of link registration.
A license for the Millimeter Wave 70-80-90 GHz Radio Service will consist of a non-exclusive nationwide license, combined with site-based links obtained through a link registration process.
All interested parties must have a non-exclusive nationwide license prior to registering a link.
The non-exclusive nationwide license does not authorize operation until a link is both:
  1. coordinated with NTIA, and
  2. registered.
Initially, coordination of non-Federal Government links with Federal Government operations will be accomplished under the existing coordination process, and non-Federal Government links will be recorded in the Commission’s Universal Licensing System database. On a permanent basis, such coordination will be accomplished within a new process for coordination of non-Federal Government links with Federal Government users. Coordination will be accomplished via an automated mechanism administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and links will be registered with third party Database Managers.

Application Filing

Applicants for non-exclusive nationwide licenses are encouraged to electronically file FCC Form 601 using the Universal Licensing System (ULS). To file using ULS:
  1. Go to ULS and select Online Filing. Enter your FCC Registration Number (FRN) and password.

    NOTE: Applicants must have an FRN in order to file applications and link registrations in ULS. If the applicant does not have an existing FRN, it must register and obtain an FRN prior to filing the license application.
  2. Specify that you are filing an application in the MM - Millimeter Wave 70-80-90 Radio Service and specify the purpose of the application as New (NE). (See ULS Filing Purposes).
  3. Applicants for non-exclusive nationwide licenses will be required to file FCC Form 601 Main Form and Schedule B. ULS will automatically load FCC Form 601.

    NOTE: An FCC Form 601 Schedule B must be included with the application for the initial non-exclusive nationwide license. Because the non-exclusive nationwide license serves as a prerequisite for registering links, an applicant will initially receive a single license for all available frequency bands (71- 76, 81-86, 92- 94.0, and 94.1 - 95 GHz). During the electronic filing process, FCC Form 601 Schedule B will be automatically pre-filled with the correct technical data, and cannot be changed; FCC Form 601 Schedule B is a view-only screen for this radio service.
  4. Applicants seeking to operate under more than one regulatory status may file one application for common carrier regulatory status and a second application for non-common carrier and/or private, internal regulatory status. See example described in Notice to Common Carriers.
  5. Once filed, applications are assigned file numbers and all applications (and major amendments thereto) that are accepted for filing are listed on the Bureau’s Weekly Status Public Notices under the Site-based section.
See Public Notice DA 04-1493 (pdf) for further information.

Filing and Regulatory Fees

The 70-80-90 GHz bands are licensed for microwave point-to-point operations (common carrier or private operational fixed). Nonexempt applicants for new, non-exclusive nationwide licenses will be subject to microwave service filing and regulatory fees and may use the Microwave Service guide (pdf) to determine the proper fee and mailing instructions for your application. Sample fees and fee codes may include:
New License Applications
Fee code: CJPR
See Current Fee Guide (pdf) for Actual Fee Amount
Modification of License Applications
Fee code: CJPM
See Current Fee Guide (pdf) for Actual Fee Amount
Individual Link Registrations with the third party database managers during the permanent process
Fees are set by each individual database manager
For further information, see the Wireless Fee Filing Guide or Section IV of the Filing Procedures Public Notice DA-04-1493.

Universal Licensing System
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 License Search
 Application Search
Radio Service Codes
MM - Millimeter Wave 70-80-90 GHz

Fee and Mailing Instructions (pdf)
Filing Procedures Public Notice
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