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FCC 90.617
Revised as of December 6, 2018
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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.

   Link to an amendment published at  83 FR 61100 , Nov. 27, 2018.

   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 in 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. Mobile and portable
   radios operating on the mutual aid channels shall employ analog FM
   emission.

   (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;  81 FR 30201 , May 16, 2016]

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