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About the Spectrum Dashboard

The Spectrum Dashboard provides a public means of reviewing how spectrum bands are allocated and for what uses, and who holds licenses and in what areas. This version provides basic, plain language information about frequencies generally deemed appropriate for mobile broadband (225 MHz to 3700 MHz.) In addition, Spectrum Dashboard contains more detailed information, mapping, and research capabilities for the bands where broadband service is either already available, or potentially could be provided.

  • 700 MHz
  • 800 MHz Cellular
  • Advanced Wireless Service (AWS)
  • Broadband Personal Communications Service (PCS)
  • Broadband Radio Service (BRS) and Educational Broadband Service (EBS)
  • 2.3 GHz Wireless Communications Service (WCS)
  • Full Power TV Broadcast
  • Mobile Satellite Services (MSS)

What is Spectrum?

Spectrum is the range of electromagnetic radio frequencies used to transmit sound, data, and video across the country. It is what carries voice between cell phones, television shows from broadcasters to your TV, and online information from one computer to the next, wirelessly. The FCC and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) share responsibility for managing the spectrum. NTIA manages spectrum used by the Federal government (e.g., military, NASA) and the FCC is responsible for spectrum used by others, including individuals (e.g., garage door openers and wireless Internet connections), commercial operators (e.g., radio and television broadcasters, mobile phone providers), and public safety and health officials (e.g., police and emergency medical technicians).

Frequency bands are reserved for different uses. For example, 88 – 108 MHz is used to broadcast FM radio to your car. Whereas, one of the groups of frequency bands used for cell phones is 824-849 MHz and 869-894 MHz.

Because there is a finite amount of spectrum and a growing demand for it, effectively managing the available spectrum is an important priority for the FCC. With the FCC Spectrum Dashboard, the public can now learn more about spectrum licenses across the country and areas where spectrum is currently available.

Use The Dashboard

  • Browse Spectrum Bands

    Use the graphical spectrum band selection tool to browse allocations, enter specific frequency ranges or select one or more tags to determine potential frequency bands for new broadband products or other purposes within 225 MHz to 3700 MHz.

  • Browse Using a Map

    Use an interactive map to find enhanced information on licensees that hold broadband spectrum within a particular county or state. Create a map to depict the total amount of spectrum held in spectrum bands such as 700 MHz, 800 MHz Cellular, and PCS.

  • Search by Name

    Search by "common name" to determine who holds spectrum that could potentially be used to provide mobile broadband services, including the total amount of spectrum on a county-by-county basis for spectrum bands such as AWS, BRS, and 700 MHz.

  • Advanced Search

    Search by name, radio service, frequency range, channel block, or call sign to learn who holds spectrum licenses around the country. You can also view a map of spectrum totals by county.

Understanding your Results

The data and analyses provided in the Spectrum Dashboard are for informational purposes and research assistance only. The Spectrum Dashboard does not constitute the official licensing records for the Commission. Specifically, the FCC makes no representations regarding the accuracy or completeness of the information maintained in the Spectrum Dashboard.

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