This section provides links to the FCC, the Wireless Telecommunications  Bureau, FCC Filings, FCC Notices, FCC Rulings and other mission critical information about EBS and other broadband and broadcast areas.


Federal Communications Commission (FCC)


Visit the FCC web site to find out about regulatory information that affects our activities as EBS Licensees. Included in the FCC posting are recent speeches by the Commissioners. Go to Bureaus and Offices and click on Wireless Telecommunications to get to the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Home page.


 FCC Wireless Telecomm. Bureau (WTB)


The FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) handles all FCC domestic wireless telecommunications programs and policies, except those involving satellite and public safety communications or broadcasting, including licensing, enforcement, and regulatory functions. Wireless communications services include cellular telephone, paging, personal communications services, and other commercial and private radio services. The Bureau also is responsible for implementing the competitive bidding authority for spectrum auctions, given to the Commission by the 1993 Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act.


The Educational Broadband Service (EBS)


The FCC's recent revamping of the EBS spectrum will now make it possible for EBS users to continue their instructional services utilizing low-power broadband systems while also providing students with high-speed internet access. Go to this web site to learn more about


  FCC Filings


Filings Made with the FCC


The EBS/ITFS Related Filings listed in this section provide information about actions taken to provide the FCC with information that impacts EBS/ITFS licenses, licensees, and use of EBS/ITFS Spectrum.


FCC Notices


                   Notices Issued by the FCC

These Notices give EBS/ITFS Licensees advance notice of propos- ed rule changes/making related to use, application, etc. of the EBS/ITFS Spectrum.


FCC Rulings


                  EBS Rulings Made by the FCC


Provides information about the rulings made by the FCC regarding revisions to  rules governing the use, licensing, etc. of  EBS spectrum.














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 EBS Licensing


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EBS Operations


EBS licensees are permitted to lease their excess capacity spectrum, subject to the rules adopted in the Secondary Markets Report and Order.


In the Secondary Markets Report and Order, the Commission took important first steps to facilitate significantly broader access to valuable spectrum resources by enabling a wide array of facilities-based providers of broadband and other communications services to enter into spectrum leasing arrangements with Wireless Radio Service licensees.


These flexible policies continue our evolution toward greater reliance on the marketplace to expand the scope of available wireless services and devices, leading to more efficient and dynamic use of the important spectrum resource to the ultimate benefit of consumers throughout the country.


           EBS Transition Plan  


The transition plan creates a process for relocating Educational Broadband Service (EBS) licensees and Broadband Radio Service (BRS) licensees from their current channel locations to their new spectrum blocks in the Lower Band Segment (LBS), Middle band Segment (MBS), or Upper Band Segment (UBS). The transition occurs by Major Economic Area (MEA) and is undertaken by a proponent or multiple proponents. A proponent(s) must pay the cost of transitioning EBS licensees. The transition occurs in the following three phases: the Initiation Phase, the Transition Planning Phase, and the Transition Completion Phase.


IMPORTANT UPDATE: See FCC's April 2006 decision in the BRS/EBS Proceeding (pdf).