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This is a map I created using the shapefiles listed below. There are tens of thousands of points. Click here for an older project based on this geospatial data.

The following FCC licensing database extract shapefiles are available for download:

AM Broadcast
A broadcast station licensed for the dissemination of radio communications intended to be received by the public and operated on a channel in the AM broadcast band. A type of transmission used in either the standard radio broadcast band at 535-1705 kilohertz, shortwave broadcasting, and in some private radio services such as citizens band (CB) and aviation. View sample map and download.

Antenna Structure Registration (formerly Tower)
The ULS Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) system replaces our former Antenna Clearance process and automates/integrates our Antenna Registration database and TOWAIR software as functions within the ULS process. Antenna structures that require FAA studies must be registered with the FCC using the ASR system. View sample map and download.

Broadband Radio and Educational Radio Services
The Broadband Radio Service (BRS), formerly known as the Multipoint Distribution Service (MDS)/Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service (MMDS), is a commercial service. In the past, it was generally used for the transmission of data and video programming to subscribers using high-powered systems, also known as wireless cable. However, over the years, the uses have evolved to include digital two-way systems capable of providing high-speed, high-capacity broadband service, including two-way Internet service via cellularized communication systems. Such services provide consumers integrated access to voice, high-speed data, video-on-demand, and interactive delivery services from a wireless device.

The Educational Broadband Service (EBS), formerly known as the Instructional Television Fixed Service (ITFS), is an educational service that has generally been used for the transmission of instructional material to accredited educational institutions and non-educational institutions such as hospitals, nursing homes, training centers, and rehabilitation centers using high-powered systems. Our 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. View sample map and download.

Cell tower locations in the U.S. licensed by the FCC. View sample map and download.


Cellular Service Area Boundaries
Cellular service areas provided by private companies in the U.S. and licensed by the FCC. View sample map and download.

FM Broadcast
A broadcast station licensed for the dissemination of radio communications intended to be received by the public and operated on a channel in the FM broadcast band. Radio transmission covering 88-108 megahertz on the broadcast band. FM is less susceptible to interference than AM broadcasting, and is also used in other frequency bands for two-way communications in land mobile and marine services. View sample map and download.

Land Mobile - Commercial
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Land Mobile - Private
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Land Mobile - Broadcast
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Land Mobile Radio System (LMRS) is a term that denotes a wireless communications system(s) intended for use by terrestrial users in vehicles (mobiles) or on foot (portables). Such systems are used by emergency first responder organizations, public works organizations, or companies with large vehicle fleets or numerous field staff. Such a system can be independent, but often can be connected to other fixed systems such as the public switched telephone network (PSTN) or cellular networks. Also called Public Land Mobile Radio or Private Land Mobile Radio.

Those frequencies from about 1 gigahertz upward that use microwave frequencies for point-to-point and point-to-multipoint communications, including common carriers, cable TV operators, broadcasters, and private operational fixed users. View sample map and download.

Transmission of coded radio signals for the purpose of activating specific pagers: such transmissions may include messages and/or sounds. Paging services operate in the 35-36 MHz, 43-44 MHz, 152-159 MHz, 454-460 MHz, 929 MHz and 931 MHz bands. View sample map and download.

NTSC allowed color broadcasting compatible with the existing stock of black-and-white receivers through an analog signal. NTSC was the first widely adopted broadcast color system. After over a half-century of use, the vast majority of over-the-air NTSC transmissions in the United States were replaced with ATSC, providing a digital signal, on June 12, 2009, and will be, by August 31, 2011, in Canada. View sample map and download.

TV - Digital
ATSC is a set of standards developed by the Advanced Television Systems Committee for digital television transmission that replaced much of the analog NTSC television system[1] on June 12, 2009 in the United States[2][3] and will replace NTSC by August 31, 2011 in Canada[4] and December 31, 2021 in Mexico. View sample map and download.

TV Contours NTSC & Digital
The FCC calculates FM and TV contours based on effective radiated power (ERP) in a given direction, the radial height above average terrain (HAAT) in a given direction, the FCC's propagation curves[1], and the station's class. AM contours are based on the standard ground wave field strength pattern, the frequency, and the ground conductivity in the area. While the FCC makes FM and TV service contour data available, there is no AM data published by the FCC (as of January 2007). View sample map and download.

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This data may come from a variety of U.S. government and self-reporting private sources. While we try to assure the accuracy of this material, we cannot promise that it is absolutely accurate. We do promise that using the map layer will be fun, entertaining or educational. Beyond this, we make no guarantee as to its suitability for any purpose. We assume no liability or responsibility for errors or inaccuracies. Please understand that you use these map layers at your own risk.

Further, the user should give credit to the Federal Communications Commission for the data. The user must abide by the following data disclaimer. All information within the product is believed accurate but is not guaranteed without error. While attempts have been made to insure the correctness of the information presented, neither the FCC nor any party involved in the creation and compilation of the data guarantees their accuracy, completeness, or suitability for a particular use. All critical information should be independently verified.

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