Tuesday, September 14, 2010

FCC Opens Online Portal for License Info

The FCC activated a new online tool aimed at making its FCC license management information more transparent and accessible to a broad range of users.

FCC License View is the latest release by the agency's Data Innovation Initiative, a long-term effort aimed at reforming the collection, use, and dissemination of FCC data.

At launch, FCC License View lets users explore over 3 million total licenses, 2 million of which are active.

"This data innovation is a key step toward opening the agency and its resources to the public," said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. "With the launch of FCC License View, the agency has made a bold stride towards unlocking the complex -- but significant -- world of FCC license management data." This consolidated portal allows users of FCC License View to access information on the number of different licenses across services, the number of licenses owned by particular entities, and how many licenses are up for renewal in the future. The underlying dataset is composed of data across the FCC's five licensing databases,http://fcc.gov/licenseview