Broadband Division

Wireless Telecommunications

The Broadband Division helps carry out the Wireless Bureau's mission by developing policies and administering rules that will support investment in, and facilitate deployment of, next generation wireless broadband services and other advanced communications services. The Broadband Division is responsible for rulemaking, licensing, and transactions related to a number of spectrum bands, including the Advanced Wireless Services (AWS), 600 MHz, 2.5 GHz, 12.2-12.7 GHz, 12.7-13.25 GHz, Fixed Point-to-Point Microwave Service (wireless backhaul), Broadcast Auxiliary Services (such as electronic news gathering and licensed wireless microphones), Local Multipoint Distribution Service (LMDS), Upper Microwave Flexible Use Service (UMFUS), and the Millimeter Wave 70/80/90 GHz Service. Along with the Mobility Division, the Broadband Division oversees nearly two million wireless licenses, including processing licensing applications, reviewing compliance with regulatory requirements, providing technical assistance to licensees, and conducting license audits.

The Broadband Division has led several innovative projects for the Wireless Bureau, including transitions of Federal bands to commercial use (AWS) under the Commercial Spectrum Enhancement Act, the Broadcast Incentive Auction (600 MHz band), Spectrum Frontiers (5G/Upper Microwave Flexible Use Service), the Rural Tribal Priority Window (2.5 GHz band), and the coordination of terrestrial wireless systems with space-based providers of broadband service.

You can contact the Broadband Division at (202) 418-BITS (2487).

Management Team

Blaise Scinto, Chief
Peter Daronco, Deputy Chief
John Schauble, Deputy Chief
Jennifer Tomchin, Deputy Chief
Paul Malmud, Associate Chief
Sommer Gilbert, Assistant Chief
Madelaine Maior, Assistant Chief
Nadja Sodos-Wallace, Assistant Chief