Technology Codes for Terrestrial Fixed Wireless

There are three different technology codes that filers can use when submitting data on the availability of, and subscriptions to, terrestrial fixed wireless services in the BDC system.  The codes are intended to characterize the last-mile fixed wireless technology used to deliver internet access services to end users at fixed locations. Each code is described below.

70 – Unlicensed Terrestrial Fixed Wireless

  • Service provided to a location using entirely unlicensed spectrum to make the last-mile connection to the fixed location.
  • Providers that use licensed microwave spectrum for backhaul but otherwise use unlicensed spectrum to provide last-mile connections to end users should file their data as Unlicensed Terrestrial Fixed Wireless (code 70).

71 –Licensed Terrestrial Fixed Wireless

  • Service provided to a location using either(a) entirely licensed spectrum or (b) a hybrid of licensed spectrum with unlicensed and/or licensed-by-rule spectrum to make the last-mile connection to the fixed location. 
  • Includes service provided over a 4G LTE or 5G-NR mobile network but sold as a fixed solution.    
  • Licensed spectrum includes priority access licenses, but not general authorized access (GAA), in the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band.
  • Providers that use licensed microwave spectrum for backhaul but otherwise use unlicensed or licensed-by-rule spectrum for last-mile connections to end users should file their data as Unlicensed Terrestrial Fixed Wireless (code 70) or Licensed-by-Rule Terrestrial Fixed Wireless (code 72), as appropriate.

72 – Licensed-by-Rule Terrestrial Fixed Wireless

  • Service provided to a location using either (a) entirely licensed-by-rule spectrum or (b) a hybrid of licensed-by-rule and unlicensed spectrum to make the last-mile connection to the fixed location.  
  • Licensed-by-rule spectrum users include operators providing last-mile connections through GAA in the 3.5 GHz CBRS band.
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