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Local Multipoint Distribution Service

 

Local Multipoint Distribution Service

 
Local Multipoint Distribution Service (LMDS) is generally considered a broadband fixed service (mobile services are not prohibited). See Part 101, Subpart L. LMDS was originally envisioned as a multichannel wireless cable TV medium. Although LMDS may render any kind of communications service consistent with Commission rules, one current use is in competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) service providing voice and data connectivity to business customers. LMDS uses a cellular infrastructure, with multiple base stations and small customer transceivers able to return communications.
The Commission auctioned two LMDS licenses per market (Basic Trading Areas). The "A" license includes a total of 1,150 megahertz bandwidth and consists of the 27.5 – 28.35 GHz, 29.1 – 29.25 GHz and 31.075 – 31.225 GHz bands. The "B" license, 150 megahertz wide, covers 31.0 – 31.075 GHz and 31.225 GHz – 31.3 GHz.
Licenses are issued for a ten year period. Like DEMS or 24 GHz market area, a demonstration that the licensees are providing substantial service is a requirement for renewal of licenses.
 

Auctions

The FCC held Local Multipoint Distribution Service auctions in Februrary-March 1998 (Auction 17) and in April-May 1999 (Auction 23).
 

Construction/Coverage Requirements

The FCC requires most wireless telecommunications services licensees 1) to construct their authorized system or meet specific coverage requirements within a given time period and 2) to notify the Commission that the requirement has been met. This time period varies depending on the radio service in which the license is held.
 
 
 
Service At A Glance
Local Multipoint Distribution Service
Generally considered a broadband fixed service. LMDS is a broadband service that may render any kind of communications service consistent with the Commission rules. LMDS uses a cellular infrastructure. The Commission auctioned two LMDS licenses per BTA (Basic Trading Areas).
Also Known AsLMDS
Established1996
Service Rules 47 C.F.R., C.F.R., Parts 1, 101
Related Services
24 GHz Market Area
39 GHz Market Area
70-80-90 GHz
Fixed Microwave Services
Multichannel Video Distribution and Data Service
Band Plan
Band(s)“A” block: 27.5 – 28.35 GHz, 29.1 – 29.25 GHz and 31.075 – 31.225 GHz “B” block: 31.0 – 31.075 GHz and 31.225 GHz – 31.3 GHz
BlocksTwo Licenses per BTA
Block Size"A" block 1,150 megahertz per market area (BTA) " B" block 150 megahertz per market area (BTA)
Market Areas 493 BTAs
Licensing
SystemULS
ULS Radio Service Codes
LD
Auctions
2/18/1998 - 3/25/1998
4/27/1999 - 5/12/1999
 
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Last reviewed/updated on
3/3/2006