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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.

The data and analyses contained herein are not relied upon by the Commission in analyzing the competitive marketplace or assessing the spectrum holdings of wireless service providers in any particular geographic area.

The Spectrum Dashboard is also not an endorsement by the FCC of any particular service, technology, product, or service provider, and the FCC makes no representations or warranties about the provision of service on the spectrum included in this database.

Users should be aware that matters not reflected in the Spectrum Dashboard may relate to and affect the status of FCC licenses, including spectrum leasing arrangements, transactions pending before the FCC, transactions approved by the FCC but not consummated by applicants, future proceedings before the FCC, or actions in the courts. Further, actions taken by the FCC that may affect the status of licenses will not be reflected in the Spectrum Dashboard until the next system update.

Updating Information: The Spectrum Dashboard is NOT being updated. Data in the Spectrum Dashboard was last updated on July 7, 2014 except for full power TV station data which is based on the June 2009 transition to digital television. As a result, it is possible for information in the Spectrum Dashboard to be out of date when compared to licensing data found in other Commission databases (e.g., Universal Licensing System (ULS), International Bureau Filing System (IBFS), and Consolidated Database System (CDBS)).

Common Name: For purposes of the Spectrum Dashboard, Common Name is defined as an entity that: (1) wholly owns or has majority interest in the license; (2) is the general partner of the limited partnership or manager of an LLC that holds the license; or (3) is the name under which the service being provided via the license is marketed to the public.

Spectrum Totals by County: For purposes of the Spectrum Dashboard, spectrum totals may be overestimated in a particular county. For instance, spectrum will be counted towards a licensee's spectrum total for a county if at least one percent of the county falls within a license or service boundary. Each county is then marked as being "fully" or "partially" covered. (See Fully Covered and Partially Covered in the Glossary of Terms link.) For 800 MHz Cellular, the spectrum totals by county may reflect spectrum covered by service area boundaries that extend beyond the Cellular Geographic Service Area, which is the area in which the carrier is licensed to provide service. This is not the method the Commission uses for determining spectrum totals in other contexts, including the Annual CMRS Competition Report and other Commission reports, or for conducting competitive review of license transactions for merger orders.

800 MHz Cellular Map (Individual License): The map provides an estimate of the areas where cellular service is likely to be available (but does not take into account factors like local variations in terrain). More specifically, the map depicts "service area boundaries" of cell sites as defined in Section 22.911 of the FCC Rules. In many locations, the service area boundaries extend beyond the Cellular Geographic Service Area, which is the area in which the carrier is licensed to provide service.

Full Power TV Map (Individual License): When an individual full power TV license is mapped, the map shows the predicted service contour for the TV station based on the station's authorized transmission facilities (transmitter location, transmit power, antenna height and antenna pattern) and a receive system that uses an outdoor directional antenna mounted 30 feet above ground. Factors such as terrain, specific reception hardware, and nearby structures may affect TV reception. Propagation of radio (television) signals is statistical, therefore in some instances reception will be possible beyond the contour and some areas within the contour may not be able to receive the signal.

Mobile Satellite Services Map (Individual License): Maps are not generated because licensees provide coverage on a national/international basis.

Other Maps (Individual License): When an individual license is mapped for 700 MHz, Advanced Wireless Service (AWS), Broadband PCS, Broadband Radio Service (BRS)/Educational Broadband Service (EBS), or Wireless Communications Service (WCS), the map shows the area where the licensee is exclusively authorized to use the radio spectrum. In general, licensees are required to make use of the spectrum in some (but not all) of that area.

Geographic Heat Map (Generated When Using Browse Using a Map Search): This map presents an indication of the total amount of spectrum licensed within each county based on the counties selected in the search criteria. The total amount of spectrum can change depending on the Filters selected by the user. Note: For certain types of licenses, this map does not use the method used by the FCC in other contexts (e.g., competition analysis) for determining spectrum totals for any particular county. See Spectrum Totals by County (above) and the Help document for additional information.

Geographic Heat Map (Generated When Using Search by Name): This map presents an indication of the total amount of spectrum licensed within each county based on the licenses presented on the License Results page. The total amount of spectrum can change depending on the Filters selected by the user. Note: For certain types of licenses, this map does not use the method used by the FCC in other contexts (e.g., competition analysis) for determining spectrum totals for any particular county. See Spectrum Totals by County (above) and the Help document for additional information.

Geographic Heat Map (Generated When Using Spectrum Availability by County Search): This map represents where spectrum is available for future licensing in one or more of the following radio services: 700 MHz, Advanced Wireless Service (AWS), Broadband PCS, Broadband Radio Service (BRS), and Wireless Communications Service (WCS).

Broadband Radio Service and Educational Broadband Service: These services are currently transitioning to a new band plan. Broadband Radio Service and Educational Broadband Service licenses will reflect the transition to the new band plan, which may not be updated on the Universal Licensing System.

Broadband Radio Service BTA Licenses: Broadband Radios Service BTA licenses may show channels that are not included in this license. Specifically, the BTA authorization's geographic service area does not include those areas and channels with overlapping incumbent BRS or EBS licenses within the BTA. See 47 C.F.R. Sec. 27.1206(a)(2).