FCC’s Spectrum Dashboard is a Handy Broadband Roadmap
Learning who out there in the RF world is using what broadband is as easy as checking the FCC’s new Spectrum Dashboard. The beta version of the information site came online in mid-March at http://reboot.fcc.gov/reform/systems/spectrum-dashboard.
The Spectrum Dashboard pulls from the FCC’s license databases and lets anyone browse the allocations table for licensed spectrum. Users can search FCC license records using a map interface, or search the records by common name – Verizon, for example – which greatly simplifies pulling together data by carrier. Determining who has radio frequency licenses in a given metropolitan area suddenly is simple.
“The Spectrum Dashboard will increase transparency into how radio spectrum is being used in the United States,” declared an FCC news release. That it will.
Detailed information is available through the Dashboard for the following bands/services where broadband is available, or could be provided:
- 700 MHz
- 800 MHz cellular
- Advanced wireless services (AWS)
- Broadband personal communications services (PCS)
- Broadband radio service (BRS) and educational broadband service (EBS)
- Wireless communications service at 2.3 GHz (WCS)
- Full-power TV broadcast
- Mobile satellite services (MSS)
Users can search within these services and download license data by carrier, county, and frequency (including bandwidth tallies), either in a map or spreadsheet format. Raw data can then be pulled into other software packages for additional analysis. GIS shape files are not available at this time.
This beta version doesn’t answer all possible questions about spectrum assignments, but it’s a significant upgrade over ULS.