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
The non-exclusive nationwide license does not authorize operation until a link is both:
- coordinated with NTIA, and
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.
Applicants for non-exclusive nationwide licenses are encouraged to electronically file FCC Form 601 using the
Universal Licensing System
To file using ULS:
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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:
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