47 CFR 90.617 - Frequencies in the 809.750-824/854.750-869 MHz, and 896-901/935-940 MHz bands available for trunked, conventional or cellular system use in non-border areas.

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§ 90.617 Frequencies in the 809.750-824/854.750-869 MHz, and 896-901/935-940 MHz bands available for trunked, conventional or cellular system use in non-border areas.
The following channels will be available at locations farther then 110 km (68.4 miles) from the U.S./Mexico border and 140 km (87 miles) from the U.S./Canadian border (“non-border areas”).
(a) Unless otherwise specified, the channels listed in Table 1 and paragraph (a)(1) of this section are available for to eligible applicants in the Public Safety Category which consists of licensees eligible in the Public Safety Pool of subpart B of this part. 800 MHz high density cellular systems as defined in § 90.7 are prohibited on these channels. These frequencies are available in non-border areas. Specialized Mobile Radio Systems will not be authorized in this category. These channels are available for intercategory sharing as indicated in § 90.621(e).
Table 1—Public Safety Pool 806-816/851-861 MHz Band Channels
[70 Channels]
Group No. Channel Nos.
269 269-289-311-399-439
270 270-290-312-400-440
279 279-299-319-339-359
280 280-300-320-340-360
309 309-329-349-369-389
310 310-330-350-370-390
313 313-353-393-441-461
314 314-354-394-448-468
321 321-341-361-381-419
328 328-348-368-388-420
351 351-379-409-429-449
332 352-380-410-430-450
Single Channels 391, 392, 401, 408, 421, 428, 459, 460, 469, 470
(1) Channels numbers 1-230 are also available to eligible applicants in the Public Safety Category in non-border areas. The assignment of these channels will be done in accordance with the policies defined in the Report and Order of Gen. Docket No. 87-112 (See § 90.16). The following channels are available only for mutual aid purposes as defined in Gen. Docket No. 87-112: channels 1, 39, 77, 115, 153.
(2) Except as provided in paragraph (a)(3) of this section, the channels listed in Table 1A are available in the counties listed in § 90.614(c) to eligible applicants in the Public Safety Category. 800 MHz high density cellular systems as defined in § 90.7 are prohibited on these channels. These channels are available for intercategory sharing as indicated in § 90.621(e).
Table 1A—Public Safety Pool 806-816/851-861 MHz Band Channels for Counties in Southeastern U.S.
[70 Channels]
Group No. Channel Nos.
261 261-313-324-335-353
262 262-314-325-336-354
265 265-285-315-333-351
266 266-286-316-334-352
269 269-289-311-322-357
270 270-290-312-323-355
271 271-328-348-358-368
279 279-299-317-339-359
280 280-300-318-340-360
309 309-319-329-349-369
310 310-320-330-350-370
321 321-331-341-361-372
Single Channels 326, 327, 332, 337, 338, 342, 343, 344, 345, 356
(3) The channels listed in Table 1B are available within 113 km (70 mi) of the center city coordinates of Atlanta, GA to eligible applicants in the Public Safety Category. The center city coordinates of Atlanta, GA—for the purposes of the rule—are defined as 33°44′55″ NL, 84°23′17″ WL. 800 MHz high density cellular systems as defined in § 90.7 are prohibited on these channels. These channels are available for intercategory sharing as indicated in § 90.621(e).
Table 1B—Public Safety Pool 806-816/851-861 MHz Band Channels for Atlanta, GA
[70 Channels]
Group No. Channel Nos.
261 261-313-324-335-353
262 262-314-325-336-354
269 269-289-311-322-357
270 270-290-312-323-355
279 279-299-319-339-359
280 280-300-320-340-360
285 285-315-333-351-379
286 286-316-334-352-380
309 309-329-349-369-389
310 310-330-350-370-390
321 321-331-341-361-381
328 328-348-358-368-388
Single Channels 317, 318, 326, 327, 332, 337, 338, 356, 371, 372
(b) Unless otherwise specified, the channels listed in Table 2 are available to applicants eligible in the Industrial/Business Pool of subpart C of this part but exclude Special Mobilized Radio Systems as defined in § 90.603(c). 800 MHz high density cellular systems as defined in § 90.7 are prohibited on these channels. These frequencies are available in non-border areas. Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR) systems will not be authorized on these frequencies. These channels are available for inter-category sharing as indicated in § 90.621(e).
Table 2—Business/Industrial/Land Transportation Pool 806-816/851-861 MHz Band Channels
[100 Channels]
Group No. Channel Nos.
322 322-362-402-442-482
323 323-363-403-443-483
324 324-364-404-444-484
325 325-365-405-445-485
326 326-366-406-446-486
327 327-367-407-447-487
342 342-382-422-462-502
343 343-383-423-463-503
344 344-384-424-464-504
345 345-385-425-465-505
346 346-386-426-466-506
347 347-387-427-467-507
Single Channels 261, 271, 281, 291, 301, 262, 272, 282, 292, 302, 263, 273, 283, 293, 303, 264, 274, 284, 294, 304, 265, 275, 285, 295, 305, 266, 276, 286, 296, 306, 267, 277, 287, 297, 307, 268, 278, 288, 298, 308
(1) Except as provided in paragraph (b)(2) of this section, the channels listed in Table 2A are available in the counties listed in § 90.614(c) to eligible applicants in the Industrial/Business Pool of subpart C of this part but exclude Special Mobilized Radio Systems as defined in § 90.603(c). 800 MHz high density cellular systems as defined in § 90.7 are prohibited on these channels. These channels are available for intercategory sharing as indicated in § 90.621(e).
Table 2A—Business/Industrial/Land Transportation Pool 806-816/851-861 MHz Band for Channels in Southeastern U.S.
[69 Channels]
Channel Nos.
Single Channels 263, 264, 267, 268, 272, 273, 274, 275, 276, 277, 278, 281, 282, 283, 284, 287, 288, 291, 292, 293, 294, 295, 296, 297, 298, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 346, 347, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366, 367, 379, 380, 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, 386, 387, 388, 389, 390, 391, 392, 393, 394, 399, 400, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 410
(2) The channels listed in Table 2B are available within 113 km (70 mi) of the center city coordinates of Atlanta, GA, to eligible applicants in the Industrial/Business Pool of subpart C of this part but exclude Special Mobilized Radio Systems as defined in § 90.603(c). The center city coordinates of Atlanta, GA—for the purposes of the rule—are defined as 33°44′55″ NL, 84°23′17″ WL. 800 MHz high density cellular systems as defined in § 90.7 are prohibited on these channels. These channels are available for intercategory sharing as indicated in § 90.621(e).
Table 2B—Business/Industrial/Land Transportation Pool 806-816/851-861 MHz Band for Channels in Atlanta, GA
[69 Channels]
Channel Nos.
Single Channels 263, 264, 265, 266, 267, 268, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 276, 277, 278, 281, 282, 283, 284, 287, 288, 291, 292, 293, 294, 295, 296, 297, 298, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366, 367, 382, 383, 384, 385, 386, 387, 391, 392, 393, 394, 399, 400, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 409, 410
(c) The channels listed in Table 3 are available to applicants eligible in the Industrial/Business Pool of subpart C of this part but exclude Special Mobilized Radio Systems as defined in § 90.603(c). These frequencies are available in non-border areas. Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR) systems will not be authorized on these frequencies. These channels are available for intercategory sharing as indicated in § 90.621(e).
For multi-channel systems, channels may be grouped vertically or horizontally as they appear in the following table.
Table 3—Business/Industrial/Land Transportation Pool 896-901/935-940 MHZ Band Channels
[199 channels]
Channel Nos.
11-12-13-14-15 211-212-213-214-215
16-17-18-19-20 216-217-218-219-220
31-32-33-34-35 231-232-233-234-235
36-37-38-39-40 236-237-238-239-240
51-52-53-54-55 251-252-253-254-255
56-57-58-59-60 256-257-258-259-260
71-72-73-74-75 271-272-273-274-275
76-77-78-79-80 276-277-278-279-280
91-92-93-94-95 291-292-293-294-295
96-97-98-99-100 296-297-298-299-300
111-112-113-114-115 311-312-313-314-315
116-117-118-119-120 316-317-318-319-320
131-132-133-134-135 331-332-333-334-335
136-137-138-139-140 336-337-338-339-340
151-152-153-154-155 351-352-353-354-355
156-157-158-159-160 356-357-358-359-360
171-172-173-174-175 371-372-373-374-375
176-177-178-179-180 376-377-378-379-380
191-192-193-194-195 391-392-393-394-395
196-197-198-199-200 396-397-398-399
(d) Unless otherwise specified, the channels listed in Tables 4A and 4B are available only to eligibles in the SMR category—which consists of Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR) stations and eligible end users. 800 MHz high density cellular systems, as defined in § 90.7, are prohibited on these channels. These frequencies are available in non-border areas. The spectrum blocks listed in Table 4A are available for EA-based services (as defined by § 90.681) prior to January 21, 2005. No new EA-based services will be authorized after January 21, 2005. EA-based licensees who operate non-high-density cellular systems prior to January 21, 2005, may choose to remain on these channels in the non-high-density cellular portion of the 800 MHz band (as defined in § 90.614). These licensees may continue to operate non-high-density cellular systems and will be grandfathered indefinitely. The channels listed in Table 4B will be available for site-based licensing after January 21, 2005, in any Economic Area where no EA-based licensee is authorized for these channels.
Table 4A—EA-Based SMR Category 806-816/851-861 MHz Band Channels, Available Prior to January 21, 2005
[80 Channels]
Spectrum block Channel Nos.
G 311-351-391-431-471
H 312-352-392-432-472
I 313-353-393-433-473
J 314-354-394-434-474
K 315-355-395-435-475
L 316-356-396-436-476
M 317-357-397-437-477
N 318-358-398-438-478
O 331-371-411-451-491
P 332-372-412-452-492
Q 333-373-413-453-493
R 334-374-414-454-494
S 335-375-415-455-495
T 336-376-416-456-496
U 337-377-417-457-497
V 338-378-418-458-498
Table 4B—SMR Category 806-816/851-861 MHz Band Channels, Available After January 21, 2005, for Site-Based Licensing
[80 Channels]
Group No. Channel Nos.
315 315-355-395-435-475
316 316-356-396-436-476
317 317-357-397-437-477
318 318-358-398-438-478
331 331-371-411-451-491
332 332-372-412-452-492
333 333-373-413-453-493
334 334-374-414-454-494
335 335-375-415-455-495
336 336-376-416-456-496
337 337-377-417-457-497
338 338-378-418-458-498
Single Channels 431, 432, 433, 434, 471, 472, 473, 474, 479, 480, 481, 488, 489, 490, 499, 500, 501, 508, 509, 510
(1) Except as provided in paragraph (d)(2) of this section, the channels listed in Table 4C are available in the counties listed in § 90.614(c) for non-high-density cellular operations only to eligibles in the SMR category—which consists of Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR) stations and eligible end users. 800 MHz high density cellular systems as defined in § 90.7 are prohibited on these channels. These channels are available for intercategory sharing as indicated in § 90.621(e).
Table 4C—SMR Category 806-816/851-861 MHz Band Channels Available for Site-Based Licensing in Southeastern U.S. After January 21, 2005
[11 Channels]
Channel Nos.
Single Channels 371, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377, 378, 395, 396, 397, 398
(2) The channels listed in Table 4D are available within 113 km (70 mi) of the center city coordinates of Atlanta, GA, only to eligibles in the SMR category—which consists of Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR) stations and eligible end users. The center city coordinates of Atlanta, GA—for the purposes of this rule—are defined as 33°44′55″ NL, 84°23′17″ WL. 800 MHz high density cellular systems as defined in § 90.7 are prohibited on these channels. These channels are available for intercategory sharing as indicated in § 90.621(e). 800 MHz high density cellular systems as defined in § 90.7 are prohibited on these channels. These channels are available for intercategory sharing as indicated in § 90.621(e).
Table 4D—SMR Category 806-816/851-861 MHz Band Channels Available for Site-Based Licensing in Atlanta, GA after January 21, 2005
[11 Channels]
Channel Nos.
Single Channels 373, 374, 375, 376, 377, 378, 395, 396, 397, 398, 408
(e) The Channels listed in § 90.614(b) and (c) are available to eligibles in the SMR category—which consists of Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR) stations and eligible end users. ESMR licensees which employ an 800 MHz high density cellular system, as defined in § 90.7, are permitted to operate on these channels in non-border areas. ESMR licensees authorized prior to January 21, 2005, may continue to operate, if they so choose, on the channels listed in Table 5. These licensees will be grandfathered indefinitely.
Table 5—ESMR Category 816-821 MHz Band Channels for Cellular Operations in Non-Border Areas Available Prior to January 21, 2005
[200 Channels]
Spectrum block Channel Nos.
A 511 through 530.
B 531 through 590.
C 591 through 710.
(f) The channels listed in Tables 6 are available for operations only to eligibles in the SMR category—which consists of Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR) stations and eligible end users. These frequencies are available in non-border areas. The spectrum blocks listed below are available for EA-based services according to § 90.681.
Table 6—SMR Category 896-901/935-940 MHz Band Channels
[200 channels]
Block Channel Nos.
A 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
B 21-22-23-24-25-26-27-28-29-30
C 41-42-43-44-45-46-47-48-49-50
D 61-62-63-64-65-66-67-68-69-70
E 81-82-83-84-85-86-87-88-89-90
F 101-102-103-104-105-106-107-108-109-110
G 121-122-123-124-125-126-127-128-129-130
H 141-142-143-144-145-146-147-148-149-150
I 161-162-163-164-165-166-167-168-169-170
J 181-182-183-184-185-186-187-188-189-190
K 201-202-203-204-205-206-207-208-209-210
L 221-222-223-224-225-226-227-228-229-230
M 241-242-243-244-245-246-247-248-249-250
N 261-262-263-264-265-266-267-268-269-270
O 281-282-283-284-285-286-287-288-289-290
P 301-302-303-304-305-306-307-308-309-310
Q 321-322-323-324-325-326-327-328-329-330
R 341-342-343-344-345-346-347-348-349-350
S 361-362-363-364-365-366-367-368-369-370
T 381-382-383-384-385-386-387-388-389-390
(g) In a given NPSPAC region, channels below 471 listed in Tables 2 and 4B which are vacated by licensees relocating to channels 551-830 and which remain vacant after band reconfiguration will be available as indicated in § 90.617(g)(1 through 3). The only exception will be for the counties listed in § 90.614(c). At locations greater then 113 km (70 mi) from the center city coordinates of Atlanta, GA within the counties listed in § 90.614(c), the channels listed in Tables 2A and 4C which are vacated by licensees relocating to channels 411-830 and which remain vacant after band reconfiguration will be available as indicated in § 90.617(g)(1 through 3). At locations within 113 km (70 mi) of the center city coordinates of Atlanta, GA, the channels listed in Tables 2B and 4D which are vacated by licensees relocating to channels 411-830 and which remain vacant after band reconfiguration will be available as follows:
(1) Only to eligible applicants in the Public Safety Category until three years after the release of a public notice announcing the completion of band reconfiguration in that region;
(2) Only to eligible applicants in the Public Safety or Critical Infrastructure Industry Categories from three to five years after the release of a public notice announcing the completion of band reconfiguration in that region;
(3) Five years after the release of a public notice announcing the completion of band reconfiguration in that region, these channels revert back to their original pool categories.
(h) In a given 800 MHz NPSPAC region—except for the counties listed in § 90.614(c)—channels below 471 listed in Tables 2 and 4B which are vacated by a licensee relocating to channels 511-550 and remain vacant after band reconfiguration will be available as follows:
(1) Only to eligible applicants in the Public Safety Category until three years after the release of a public notice announcing the completion of band reconfiguration in that region;
(2) Only to eligible applicants in the Public Safety or Critical Infrastructure Industry Categories from three to five years after the release of a public notice announcing the completion of band reconfiguration in that region;
(3) Five years after the release of a public notice announcing the completion of band reconfiguration in that region, these channels revert back to their original pool categories.
(i) Special Mobilized Radio Systems licensees who operate systems, other than 800 MHz high density cellular systems, on any of the public safety channels listed in Table 1 prior to January 21, 2005, are grandfathered and may continue to operate on these channels indefinitely. These grandfathered licensees will be prohibited from operating 800 MHz high density cellular systems as defined in § 90.7. Site-based licensees who are grandfathered on any of the public safety channels listed in Table 1 may modify their license only if they obtain concurrence from a certified public safety coordinator in accordance with § 90.175(c). Grandfathered EA-based licensees, however, are exempt from any of the frequency coordination requirements of § 90.175 as long as their operations remain within the Economic Area defined by their license in accordance with the requirements of § 90.683(a).
(j) Licensees operating 800 MHz high density cellular systems on the channels listed in § 90.614(a), prior to January 21, 2005, may elect to continue operating on these channels and will be permitted to continue operating 800 MHz high density cellular systems (as defined in § 90.7) in this portion of the band. These licensees will be grandfathered indefinitely subject to the provisions of §§ 90.673, 90.674 and 90.675.
(k) Licensees may operate systems other than 800 MHz high density cellular systems (as defined in § 90.7) on Channels 511-550 at any location vacated by an EA-based SMR licensee. For operations on these channels, unacceptable interference (as defined in § 22.970 of this chapter and § 90.672) will be deemed to occur only at sites where the following median desired signals are received (rather than those specified in § 22.970(a)(1)(i) of this chapter and § 90.672(a)(1(i). The minimum required median desired signal, as measured at the R.F. input of the receiver, will be as follows:
(1) Mobile units (except in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands):
(i) For channels 511 to 524—the minimum median desired signal levels specified in § 22.970(a)(1)(i) of this chapter and § 90.672(a)(1)(i) shall apply;
(ii) For channels 524 to 534—the minimum median desired signal level shall increase linearly from the values specified in § 22.970(a)(1)(i) of this chapter and § 90.672(a)(1)(i) to −70 dBm;
(iii) For channels 534 to 550—the minimum median desired signal level shall increase linearly from −70 dBm to −65 dBm.
(2) Portable units (except in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands):
(i) For channels 511 to 524—the minimum median desired signal levels specified in § 22.970(a)(1)(i) of this chapter and § 90.672(a)(1)(i) shall apply;
(ii) For channels 524 to 530—the minimum median desired signal level shall increase linearly from the values specified in § 22.970(a)(1)(i) of this chapter and § 90.672(a)(1)(i) to −80 dBm;
(iii) For channels 530 to 534—the minimum median desired signal level shall increase linearly from −80 dBm to −70 dBm;
(iv) For channels 534 to 550—the minimum median desired signal level shall increase linearly from −70 dBm to −65 dBm.
(3) Mobile units operating in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands:
(i) For channels 511 to 530—the minimum median desired signal levels specified in § 22.970(a)(1)(i) of this chapter and § 90.672(a)(1)(i) shall apply;
(ii) For channels 531 to 534—the minimum median desired signal level shall increase linearly from −80.2 dBm to −70 dBm;
(iii) For channels 534 to 550—the minimum median desired signal level shall increase linearly from −70 dBm to −65 dBm.
(4) Portable units operating in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands:
(i) For channels 511 to 530—the minimum median desired signal levels specified in § 22.970(a)(1)(i) of this chapter and § 90.672(a)(1)(i) shall apply;
(ii) For channels 531 to 534—the minimum median desired signal level shall increase linearly from −80 dBm to −70 dBm;
(iii) For channels 534 to 550—the minimum median desired signal level shall increase linearly from −70 dBm to −65 dBm.
[69 FR 67843, Nov. 22, 2004, as amended at 70 FR 6760, Feb. 8, 2005; 70 FR 76708, Dec. 28, 2005; 72 FR 39760, July 20, 2007; 75 FR 35317, June 22, 2010; 76 FR 11683, Mar. 3, 2011]

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