FCC 90.179 Revised as of September 29, 2014
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§ 90.179 Shared use of radio stations.
Licensees of radio stations authorized under this rule part may share
the use of their facilities. A station is shared when persons not
licensed for the station control the station for their own purposes
pursuant to the licensee's authorization. Shared use of a radio station
may be either on a non-profit cost shared basis or on a for-profit
private carrier basis. Shared use of an authorized station is subject
to the following conditions and limitations:
(a) Persons may share a radio station only on frequencies for which
they would be eligible for a separate authorization.
(b) The licensee of the shared radio station is responsible for
assuring that the authorized facility is used only by persons and only
for purposes consistent with the requirements of this rule part.
(c) Participants in the sharing arrangement may obtain a license for
their own mobile units (including control points and/or control
stations for control of the shared facility), or they may use mobile
stations, and control stations or control points authorized to the
(d) If the licensee shares the land station on a non-profit, cost
shared basis to the licensee, this shared use must be pursuant to a
written agreement between the licensee and each participant which sets
out (1) the method of operation, (2) the components of the system which
are covered by the sharing arrangements, (3) the method by which costs
are to be apportioned, and (4) acknowledgement that all shared
transmitter use must be subject to the licensee's control. These
agreements must be kept as part of the station records.
(e) If the land station which is being shared is interconnected with
the public switched telephone network, the provisions of § 90.477 et
(f) Above 800 MHz, shared use on a for-profit private carrier basis is
permitted only by SMR, Private Carrier Paging, LMS, and DSRCS
licensees. See subparts M, P, and S of this part.
(g) Notwithstanding paragraph (a) of this section, licensees authorized
to operate radio systems on Public Safety Pool frequencies designated
in § 90.20 may share their facilities with Federal Government entities
on a non-profit, cost-shared basis. Such a sharing arrangement is
subject to the provisions of paragraphs (b), (d), and (e) of this
section, and § 2.103(c) of this chapter concerning operations in the
758-769 MHz and 788-799 MHz bands. State governments authorized to
operate radio systems under § 90.529 may share the use of their systems
(for public safety services not made commercially available to the
public) with any entity that would be eligible for licensing under
§ 90.523 and Federal government entities.
(h) Notwithstanding paragraph (a) of this section, licensees authorized
to operate radio systems on Industrial/Business Pool frequencies
designated in § 90.35 may share their facilities with Public Safety
Pool entities designated in § 90.20 and with Federal Government
entities on a non-profit, cost-shared basis. Such a sharing arrangement
is subject to the provisions of paragraphs (b), (d), and (e) of this
(i) The provisions of this section do not apply to licensees authorized
to provide commercial mobile radio service under this part, including
licensees authorized to use channels transferred or assigned pursuant
to § 90.621(e)(2).
(j) On the Interoperability Channels in the 700 MHz Public Safety Band
(See 90.531(b)(1)), hand-held and vehicular units operated by any
licensee holding a license in the 700 MHz Public Safety Band or by any
licensee for any public safety frequency pursuant to part 90 of the
Commission's rules may communicate with or through land stations
without further authorization and without a sharing agreement.
[ 48 FR 26620 , June 9, 1983]
Editorial Note: For Federal Register citations affecting § 90.179, see
the List of CFR Sections Affected, which appears in the Finding Aids
section of the printed volume and at www.fdsys.gov.
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