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Cable Television Relay Service (CARS)

CARS stations are point-to-point or point-to-multipoint microwave systems used by cable and other MVPD operators.  CARS stations cannot be used to distribute programming directly to subscribers.  Sec. 78.18 lists the frequency assignments for CARS.

The eligibility requirements for CARS are outlined in Sec. 78.13.  Applications for CARS licenses can be electronically filed using COALS Electronic Filing.  Paper filings require completed FCC Forms 327 and 159 (Fee Filing Form) with the appropriate fee mailed to the address below:

Federal Communications Commission
Media Bureau, Engineering Division
P. O. Box 979089
St. Louis, MO 63197-9000


CARS Application

  • CARS Weekly Public Notices
  • CARS Rules
  • Media Bureau Fee Filing Guide
  • COALS Electronic Filing System
  • Application for Cable Television Relay Service Station (CARS) Authorization (Form 327)
  • If you have any questions on CARS, please call (202) 418-7001.

    Contact Us

    If you have been contacted by FCC staff by phone or by letter regarding a registration, aeronautical frequency notification, basic signal leakage performance report (CLI) or CARS application requesting more information, unless otherwise directed, please send all requested information to the address below with the reference number and the name of the person requesting the information for faster processing.

    Name of Person Requesting Information
    Federal Communications Commission
    Media Bureau, Engineering Division
    Washington, D.C. 20554

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