Rule Part

47 C.F.R, Parts 1, 101

Radio Service Code(s)

  • LD

Local Multipoint Distribution Service (LMDS) is generally considered a broadband fixed service (mobile services are not prohibited). See Part 101, Subpart L. LMDS was originally envisioned as a multichannel wireless cable TV medium. Although LMDS may render any kind of communications service consistent with Commission rules, one current use is in competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) service providing voice and data connectivity to business customers. LMDS uses a cellular infrastructure, with multiple base stations and small customer transceivers able to return communications.

The Commission auctioned two LMDS licenses per market (Basic Trading Areas). The "A" license includes a total of 1,150 megahertz bandwidth and consisted of the 27.5 – 28.35 GHz, 29.1 – 29.25 GHz and 31.075 – 31.225 GHz bands. The "B" license, 150 megahertz wide, covered 31.0 – 31.075 GHz and 31.225 GHz – 31.3 GHz. In 2016 the Commission converted licenses for the 27.5 – 28.35 GHz band portion of the A Block to the Upper Microwave Flexible Use Service (UMFUS), and granted mobile rights to the existing licensees.  See UMFUS Service Page for more info.  27.5 – 28.35 GHz is no longer part of the LMDS service.

Licenses are issued for a ten year period. Like DEMS or 24 GHz market area, a demonstration that the licensees are providing substantial service is a requirement for renewal of licenses.

The FCC held Local Multipoint Distribution Service auctions in February-March 1998 (Auction 17) and in April-May 1999 (Auction 23).

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.


Band Plan

LMDS band plan


You may be able to obtain a LMDS license(s) from a current licensee. Licensees may sell all or part of their licenses, subject to FCC approval, to other entities. You may also acquire a company, including its licenses. All of these transactions require Online Filing of Form 603 via the Universal Licensing System.

Method for Obtaining Spectrum CFR Rule Part
Assignment of Authorization
Sale of an entire license.
Sale of part of a license based on a geographic area.
Sale of part of a license's spectrum.
Partition & Disaggregation
A combination of the sale of a part of a license based on geographic area containing only a part of a license's spectrum.
Spectrum Leasing
Leasing of all or a part of a licensee's spectrum usage rights associated with a license.
1.9001 - 1.9060
Transfer of Control
Acquisition of a company and its assets, including its licenses.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019