A wireless local loop (WLL) technology developed by Bernard B. Broussard for wireless cable television (TV), referring to premium wireless subscription TV rather than traditional free broadcast TV or cable TV. Broussard, with Shant and Vahak Hovnanian, formed a firm that provided 49 TV channels in New York City, and later added high speed Internet access. The technical rights to LMDS technology later were spun off into a separate company, and the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) auctioned the first LMDS radio licenses in early 1998.The A Block has a width of 1.15 GHz in the frequency bands of 27.5
(Local Multipoint Distribution Service) A digital wireless transmission system that works in the 28 GHz range in the U.S. and 24-40 GHz overseas. It requires line of sight between transmitter and receiving antenna, which can be from one to four miles apart depending on weather conditions. LMDS provides bandwidth in the OC-1 to OC-12 range, which is considerably greater than other wireless broadband services. LMDS can be deployed in asymmetric and symmetric configurations. It is designed to provide the "last mile" from a carrier of data services to a large building or complex that is not wired for high-bandwidth communications. In areas without gas or steam pipes or other underground conduits, it is less costly to set up LMDS transceivers on rooftops than to dig up the ground to install optical fiber. See MMDS.