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Multichannel Video Distribution and Data Service

 

Multichannel Video Distribution and Data Service

 
Multichannel Video Distribution and Data Service (MVDDS) provides consumers with TV programming and Internet connectivity from terrestrial transmitters, under exacting technical arrangements that permit it to share the spectrum with satellites (Direct Broadcast Satellites Service). MVDDS is licensed for market areas on the basis of MVDs. See PN DA 04-1717 (pdf).
Each licensee receives one spectrum block of 500 megahertz per geographic area that can be partitioned into any size channels. Disaggregation is not allowed.
MVDDS licensees may use spectrum in the 12.2 – 12.7 GHz band for any digital fixed non-broadcast service including one-way direct-to-home/office wireless service. Mobile and aeronautical services are not authorized.
 

Auctions

The FCC held Multichannel Video Distribution and Data Service (MVDDS) auctions in January 2004 (Auction 53) and in December 2005 (Auction 63).
 

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
Multichannel Video Distribution and Data Service
Provides consumers with TV programming and Internet connectivity from terrestrial transmitters. The MVDDS band is shared with Direct Broadcast satellites. Licenses are auctioned on the basis of MVDs.
Established2000
Service Rules 47 C.F.R., Parts 1, 101
Related Services
24 GHz Market Area
39 GHz Market Area
70-80-90 GHz
Fixed Microwave Service
Local Multipoint Distribution Service
Band Plan
Band(s)12.2 – 12.7 GHz
Block Size12.2 – 12.7 GHz(unpaired)
Market Areas 214 MVDs. See PN DA 04-1717 (pdf)
Licensing
SystemULS
ULS Radio Service Codes
DV
Auctions
1/14/2004 - 1/27/2004
12/7/2005 - 12/7/2005
 
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Last reviewed/updated on
5/3/2006