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FCC 74.602
Revised as of February 18, 2020
Goto Year:2019 | 2021
  § 74.602   Frequency assignment.

   (a) The following frequencies are available for assignment to
   television pickup, television STL, television relay and television
   translator relay stations. The band segments 17,700-18,580 and
   19,260-19,700 MHz are available for broadcast auxiliary stations as
   described in paragraph (g) of this section. The band segment 6425-6525
   MHz is available for broadcast auxiliary stations as described in
   paragraph (i) of this section. The bands 6875-7125 MHz and 12700-13200
   MHz are co-equally shared with stations licensed pursuant to Parts 78
   and 101 of the Commission's Rules. Broadcast network-entities may also
   use the 1990-2110, 6425-6525 and 6875-7125 MHz bands for mobile
   television pickup only.
   Band A MHz Band B MHz Band D^1 GHz
   Group A channels Group B channels
   Designation Channel boundaries Designation Channel boundaries
   1990-2008 A01 12.700-12.725 B01 12.7125-12.7375
   2008-2025 A02 12.725-12.750 B02 12.7375-12.7625
   2025-2042 A03 12.750-12.775 B03 12.7625-12.7875
   2042-2059 A04 12.775-12.800 B04 12.7875-12.8125
   2059-2076 6875-6900 A05 12.800-12.825 B05 12.8125-12.8375
   2076-2093 6900-6925 A06 12.825-12.850 B06 12.8375-12.8625
   2093-2110 6925-6950 A07 12.850-12.875 B07 12.8625-12.8875
   2450-2467 6950-6975 A08 12.875-12.900 B08 12.8875-12.9125
   2467-2483.5 6975-7000 A09 12.900-12.925 B09 12.9125-12.9375
       7000-7025 A10 12.925-12.950 B10 12.9375-12.9625
       7025-7050 A11 12.950-12.975 B11 12.9625-12.9875
       7050-7075 A12 12.975-13.000 B12 12.9875-12.0125
       7075-7100 A13 13.000-13.025 B13 13.0125-13.0375
       7100-7125 A14 13.025-13.050 B14 13.0375-13.0625
           A15 13.050-13.075 B15 13.0625-13.0875
           A16 13.075-13.100 B16 13.0875-13.1125
           A17 13.100-13.125 B17 13.1125-13.1375
           A18 13.125-13.150 B18^2 13.1375-13.1625
           A19^2 13.150-13.175 B19^2 13.1625-13.1875
           A20^2 13.175-13.200 B20^2 13.1875-13.2125
           A21 13.200-13.225 B21 13.2125-13.2375
           A22 13.225-13.250

   ^1For fixed stations using Band D Channels, applicants are encouraged
   to use alternate A and B channels such that adjacent R.F. carriers are
   spaced 12.5 MHz. As example, a fixed station, relaying several
   channels, would use A01, B01, A02, B02, A03, etc.

   ^2The band 13.15-13.20 GHz is reserved for television pickup and CARS
   pickup stations inside a 50 km radius of the 100 television markets
   delineated in § 76.51 of this chapter. Outside a 50 km radius of the 100
   television markets delineated in § 76.51 of this chapter, television
   pickup stations, CARS stations and NGSO FSS gateway earth stations
   shall operate on a primary co-equal basis. The band 13.20-13.2125 GHz
   is reserved for television pickup stations on a primary basis and CARS
   pickup stations on a secondary basis inside a 50 km radius of the 100
   television markets delineated in § 76.51 of this chapter. Outside a 50
   km radius of the 100 markets delineated in § 76.51 of this chapter,
   television pickup stations and NGSO FSS gateway earth stations shall
   operate on a co-primary basis, CARS stations shall operate on a
   secondary basis. Fixed television auxiliary stations licensed pursuant
   to applications accepted for filing before September 1, 1979, may
   continue operation on channels in the 13.15-13.25 GHz band, subject to
   periodic license renewals. NGSO FSS gateway uplink transmissions in the
   13.15-13.2125 GHz segment shall be limited to a maximum EIRP of 3.2 dBW
   towards 0 degrees on the radio horizon. These provisions shall not
   apply to GSO FSS operations in the 12.75-13.25 GHz band.

   (1) Frequencies shown above between 2450 and 2500 MHz in Band A are
   allocated to accommodate the incidental radiations of industrial,
   scientific, and medical (ISM) equipment, and stations operating therein
   must accept any interference that may be caused by the operation of
   such equipment. Frequencies between 2450 and 2500 MHz are also shared
   with other communication services and exclusive channel assignments
   will not be made, nor is the channeling shown above necessarily that
   which will be employed by such other services.

   (2) In the band 2483.5-2500 MHz, no applications for new stations or
   modification to existing stations to increase the number of
   transmitters will be accepted. Existing licensees as of July 25, 1985,
   and licensees whose initial applications were filed on or before July
   25, 1985, are grandfathered and their operations are on a co-primary
   basis with the mobile-satellite and radiodetermination-satellite
   services, and in the segment 2495-2500 MHz, their operations are also
   on a co-primary basis with part 27 fixed and mobile except aeronautical
   mobile service operations.

   (3)(i) After January 7, 2004, stations may adhere to the channel plan
   specified in paragraph (a) of this section, or the following channel
   plan in Band A:

   Channel A1r—2025.5-2037.5 MHz

   Channel A2r—2037.5-2049.5 MHz

   Channel A3r—2049.5-2061.5 MHz

   Channel A4—2061.5-2073.5 MHz

   Channel A5r—2073.5-2085.5 MHz

   Channel A6r—2085.5-2097.5 MHz

   Channel A7r—2097.5-2109.5 MHz

   (ii) Stations adhering to the channel plan specified in paragraph
   (a)(3)(i) of this section may also use the following 40 data return
   link (DRL) channels to facilitate their operations in the 2025.5-2109.5
   MHz band:

Lower band DRL channels

   2025.000-2025.025 MHz

   2025.025-2025.050 MHz

   2025.050-2025.075 MHz

   2025.075-2025.100 MHz

   2025.100-2025.125 MHz

   2025.125-2025.150 MHz

   2025.150-2025.175 MHz

   2025.175-2025.200 MHz

   2025.200-2025.225 MHz

   2025.225-2025.250 MHz

   2025.250-2025.275 MHz

   2025.275-2025.300 MHz

   2025.300-2025.325 MHz

   2025.325-2025.350 MHz

   2025.350-2025.375 MHz

   2025.375-2025.400 MHz

   2025.400-2025.425 MHz

   2025.425-2025.450 MHz

   2025.450-2025.475 MHz

   2025.475-2025.500 MHz

Upper band DRL channels

   2109.500-2109.525 MHz

   2109.525-2109.550 MHz

   2109.550-2109.575 MHz

   2109.575-2109.600 MHz

   2109.600-2109.625 MHz

   2109.625-2109.650 MHz

   2109.650-2109.675 MHz

   2109.675-2109.700 MHz

   2109.700-2109.725 MHz

   2109.725-2109.750 MHz

   2109.750-2109.775 MHz

   2109.775-2109.800 MHz

   2109.800-2109.825 MHz

   2109.825-2109.850 MHz

   2109.850-2109.875 MHz

   2109.875-2109.900 MHz

   2109.900-2109.925 MHz

   2109.925-2109.950 MHz

   2109.950-2109.975 MHz

   2109.975-2110.000 MHz

   (iii) Broadcast Auxiliary Service, Cable Television Remote Pickup
   Service, and Local Television Transmission Service licensees will be
   required to use the Band A channel plan in paragraph (a)(3)(i) of this
   section after completion of relocation by an Emerging Technologies
   licensee in accordance with § 74.690 or § 78.40. Licensees declining
   relocation may continue to use their existing channel plan but must
   discontinue use of the 1990-2025 MHz band when they indicate to an
   Emerging Technologies licensee, acting pursuant to § 74.690 or § 78.40 of
   this chapter, that they decline to be relocated.

   (4) [Reserved]

   (b) Subject to the conditions of paragraph (a) of this section,
   frequency assignments will normally be made as requested, provided that
   the frequency selection provisions of § 74.604 have been followed and
   that the frequency requested will cause no interference to existing
   users in the area. The Commission reserves the right to assign
   frequencies other than those requested if, in its opinion, such action
   is warranted.

   (c) Fixed link stations will be authorized to operate on one channel
   only.

   (d) Cable Television Relay Service stations may be assigned channels in
   Band D between 12,700 and 13,200 MHz subject to the condition that no
   harmful interference is caused to TV STL and TV relay stations
   authorized at the time of such grants. Similarly, new TV STL and TV
   relay stations must not cause harmful interference to cable television
   relay stations authorized at the time of such grants. The use of
   channels between 12,700 and 13,200 MHz by TV pickup stations is subject
   to the condition that no harmful interference is caused to Cable
   Television Relay Service stations, TV STL and TV relay stations, except
   as provided for in § 74.602(a) Note 2. Band D channels are also shared
   with certain Private Operational Fixed Stations, see § 74.638.

   (e) Communication common carriers in the Local Television Transmission
   Service (Part 101) may be assigned frequencies available to television
   broadcast station licensees and broadcast network entities for the
   purpose of providing service to television broadcast stations and
   broadcast network entities, respectively.

   (f) TV auxiliary stations licensed to low power TV stations and
   translator relay stations will be assigned on a secondary basis, i.e.,
   subject to the condition that no harmful interference is caused to
   other TV auxiliary stations assigned to TV broadcast stations, or to
   cable television relay service stations (CARS) operating between 12,700
   and 13,200 MHz. Auxiliary stations licensed to low power TV stations
   and translator relay stations must accept any interference caused by
   stations having primary use of TV auxiliary frequencies.

   (g) The following frequencies are available for assignment to
   television STL, television relay stations and television translator
   relay stations. Stations operating on frequencies in the sub-bands
   18.3-18.58 GHz and 19.26-19.3 GHz that were licensed or had
   applications pending before the Commission as of September 18, 1998 may
   continue those operations on a shared co-primary basis with other
   services under parts 21, 25, 78, and 101 of this chapter. Such
   stations, however, are subject to relocation by licensees in the
   fixed-satellite service. Such relocation is subject to the provisions
   of § § 101.85 through 101.97 of this chapter. No new applications for new
   licenses will be accepted in the 19.26-19.3 GHz band after June 8,
   2000, and no new applications for new licenses will be accepted in the
   18.3-18.58 GHz band after November 19, 2002. The provisions of § 74.604
   do not apply to the use of these frequencies. Licensees may use either
   a two-way link or one or both frequencies of a frequency pair for a
   one-way link and shall coordinate proposed operations pursuant to
   procedures required in § 101.103(d) of this chapter.

   (1) 2 MHz maximum authorized bandwidth channel:
   Transmit (receive) (MHz) Receive (transmit) (MHz)
   18141.0                                       n/a

   (2) 6 MHz maximum authorized bandwidth channels:
   Transmit (receive) (MHz) Receive (transmit) (MHz)
                  216 MHz Separation
   18145.0                                       n/a
   18151.0                                   18367.0
   18157.0                                   18373.0
   18163.0                                   18379.0
   18169.0                                   18385.0
   18175.0                                   18391.0
   18181.0                                   18397.0
   18187.0                                   18403.0
   18193.0                                   18409.0
   18199.0                                   18415.0
   18205.0                                   18421.0
   18211.0                                   18427.0
   18217.0                                   18433.0
   18223.0                                   18439.0
   18229.0                                   18445.0
   18235.0                                   18451.0
   18241.0                                   18457.0
   18247.0                                   18463.0
   18253.0                                   18469.0
   18259.0                                   18475.0
   18265.0                                   18481.0
   18271.0                                   18487.0
   18277.0                                   18493.0
   18283.0                                   18499.0
   18289.0                                   18505.0
   18295.0                                   18511.0
   18301.0                                   18517.0
   18307.0                                   18523.0
   18313.0                                   18529.0
   18319.0                                   18535.0
   18325.0                                   18541.0
   18331.0                                   18547.0
   18337.0                                   18553.0
   18343.0                                   18559.0
   18349.0                                   18565.0
   18355.0                                   18571.0
   18361.0                                   18577.0

   (3) 10 MHz maximum authorized bandwidth channels:
   Transmit (receive) (MHz) Receive (transmit) (MHz)
                 1560 MHz Separation
   17705.0                                   19265.0
   17715.0                                   19275.0
   17725.0                                   19285.0
   17735.0                                   19295.0
   17745.0                                   19305.0
   17755.0                                   19315.0
   17765.0                                   19325.0
   17775.0                                   19335.0
   17785.0                                   19345.0
   17795.0                                   19355.0
   17805.0                                   19365.0
   17815.0                                   19375.0
   17825.0                                   19385.0
   17835.0                                   19395.0
   17845.0                                   19405.0
   17855.0                                   19415.0
   17865.0                                   19425.0
   17875.0                                   19435.0
   17885.0                                   19445.0
   17895.0                                   19455.0
   17905.0                                   19465.0
   17915.0                                   19475.0
   17925.0                                   19485.0
   17935.0                                   19495.0
   17945.0                                   19505.0
   17955.0                                   19515.0
   17965.0                                   19525.0
   17975.0                                   19535.0
   17985.0                                   19545.0
   17995.0                                   19555.0
   18005.0                                   19565.0
   18015.0                                   19575.0
   18025.0                                   19585.0
   18035.0                                   19595.0
   18045.0                                   19605.0
   18055.0                                   19615.0
   18065.0                                   19625.0
   18075.0                                   19635.0
   18085.0                                   19645.0
   18095.0                                   19655.0
   18105.0                                   19665.0
   18115.0                                   19675.0
   18125.0                                   19685.0
   18135.0                                   19695.0

   (4) 20 MHz maximum authorized bandwidth channels:
   Transmit (receive) (MHz) Receive (transmit) (MHz)
                 1560 MHz Separation
   17710.0                                   19270.0
   17730.0                                   19290.0
   17750.0                                   19310.0
   17770.0                                   19330.0
   17790.0                                   19350.0
   17810.0                                   19370.0
   17830.0                                   19390.0
   17850.0                                   19410.0
   17870.0                                   19430.0
   17890.0                                   19450.0
   17910.0                                   19470.0
   17930.0                                   19490.0
   17950.0                                   19510.0
   17970.0                                   19530.0
   17990.0                                   19550.0
   18010.0                                   19570.0
   18030.0                                   19590.0
   18050.0                                   19610.0
   18070.0                                   19630.0
   18090.0                                   19650.0
   18110.0                                   19670.0
   18130.0                                   19690.0

   (5) 40 MHz maximum authorized bandwidth channels:
   Transmit (receive) (MHz) Receive (transmit) (MHz)
                 1560 MHz Separation
   17720.0                                   19280.0
   17760.0                                   19320.0
   17800.0                                   19360.0
   17840.0                                   19400.0
   17880.0                                   19440.0
   17920.0                                   19480.0
   17960.0                                   19520.0
   18000.0                                   19560.0
   18040.0                                   19600.0
   18080.0                                   19640.0
   18120.0                                   19680.0

   (6) 80 MHz maximum authorized bandwidth channels:
   Transmit (receive) (MHz) Receive (transmit) (MHz)
                 1560 MHz Separation
   17740.0                                   19300.0
   17820.0                                   19380.0
   17900.0                                   19460.0
   17980.0                                   19540.0
   18060.0                                   19620.0

   (h) TV STL, TV relay stations, and TV translator relay stations may be
   authorized to operate fixed point-to-point service on the UHF TV
   channels 14-69 on a secondary basis and subject to the provisions of
   subpart G of this part:

   (1) Applications for authorization in accordance with this paragraph
   must comply with the following technical limits or be accompanied by an
   engineering analysis demonstrating why these limits must be exceeded:

   (i) Maximum EIRP is limited to 35 dBW;

   (ii) Transmitting antenna beamwidth is limited to 25 degrees (measured
   at the 3 dB points); and

   (iii) Vertical polarization is used.

   (2) These stations must not interfere with and must accept interference
   from current and future full-power UHF-TV stations, LPTV stations, and
   translator stations. They will also be secondary to land mobile
   stations in areas where land mobile sharing is currently permitted.

   (3) TV STL and TV relay stations licensed for operation on UHF TV
   channels 52-69 based on applications filed before April 16, 2003, may
   continue to operate under the terms of their current authorizations
   until the end of transition to digital television in their market (DTV
   Transition), as set forth in § § 73.622 through 73.625 of this chapter.
   Applications for TV STL and TV relay stations operating on UHF TV
   channels 52-69 will not be accepted for filing on or after April 16,
   2003.

   (4) TV translator relay stations licensed for operation on UHF TV
   channels 52-59 based on applications filed before the end of DTV
   transition may continue to operate under the terms of their current
   authorizations indefinitely. TV translator relay stations licensed for
   operation on UHF TV channels 60-69 based on applications filed before
   the end of DTV transition may continue to operate under the terms of
   their current authorizations until the end of DTV Transition.
   Applications for TV translator relay stations operating on UHF TV
   channels 52-69 will not be accepted for filing on or after the end of
   DTV Transition.

   (5)(i) The licensee of a TV STL, TV relay station, or TV translator
   relay station that operates on frequencies in the 600 MHz band assigned
   to wireless licensees under part 27 of this chapter must cease
   operations on those frequencies no later than the end of the
   post-auction transition period as defined in § 27.4 of this chapter. The
   licensee of a TV STL, TV relay station, or TV translator relay station
   may be required to cease operations on a date earlier than the end of
   the post-auction transition period if it receives a notification
   pursuant to paragraph (h)(5)(ii) of this section.

   (ii) A wireless licensee assigned to frequencies in the 600 MHz band
   under part 27 of this chapter must notify the licensee of a TV STL, TV
   relay station, or TV translator relay station of its intent to commence
   operations, as defined in § 27.4 of this chapter, and the likelihood of
   harmful interference from the TV STL, TV relay station, or TV
   translator relay station to those operations within the wireless
   licensee's licensed geographic service area.

   (A) The wireless licensee must:

   (1) Notify the licensee of the TV STL, TV relay station, or TV
   translator relay station in the form of a letter, via certified mail,
   return receipt requested; and

   (2) Send such notification not less than 30 days in advance of the
   approximate date of commencement of such operations.

   (B) The licensee of the TV STL, TV relay station, or TV translator
   relay station must cease the subject operation within 30 days of
   receiving the notification pursuant to this section.

   (iii) By the end of the post-auction transition period, all TV STL, TV
   relay station and TV translator relay station licensees must modify or
   cancel their authorizations and vacate the 600 MHz band. Applications
   for TV STL, TV relay and TV translator relay stations in the 600 MHz
   band will not be accepted for filing on or after the end date for the
   post-auction transition period.

   (6) The licensee of a TV STL, TV relay station, or TV translator relay
   station that operates on the UHF spectrum that is reserved for guard
   band channels as a result of the broadcast television incentive auction
   conducted under section 6403 of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job
   Creation Act of 2012 (Pub. L. 112-96) must cease operations on those
   frequencies no later than the end of the post-auction transition period
   as defined in § 27.4 of this chapter. The licensee of a TV STL, TV relay
   station, or TV translator relay station may be required to cease
   operations on a date earlier than the end of the post-auction
   transition period if it receives a notification pursuant to paragraph
   (h)(5)(ii) of this section.

   (i) 6425 to 6525 MHz—Mobile Only. Paired and un-paired operations
   permitted. Use of this spectrum for direct delivery of video programs
   to the general public or multi-channel cable distribution is not
   permitted. This band is co-equally shared with mobile stations licensed
   pursuant to parts 78 and 101 of this chapter. The following channel
   plans apply.

   (1) 1 MHz maximum authorized bandwidth channels.
   Transmit (or receive MHz) Receive (or transmit) (MHz)
   6425.5                    6475.5
   6450.5                    6500.5

   (2) 8 MHz maximum authorized bandwidth channels.
   Transmit (or receive MHz) Receive (or transmit) (MHz)
   6430.0                    6480.0
   6438.0                    6488.0
   6446.0                    6496.0
   6455.0                    6505.0
   6463.0                    6513.0
   6471.0                    6521.0

   (3) 25 MHz maximum authorized bandwidth channels.
   Transmit (or receive MHz) Receive (or transmit (MHz)
   6437.5                    6487.5
   6462.5                    6512.5

   (Secs. 4, 5, 303, 48 Stat., as amended, 1066, 1068, 1082; 47 U.S.C.
   154, 155, 303)

   [ 28 FR 13718 , Dec. 14, 1963]

   Editorial Note: For Federal Register citations affecting § 74.602, see
   the List of CFR Sections Affected, which appears in the Finding Aids
   section of the printed volume and at www.govinfo.gov.

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