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FCC 27.6
Revised as of October 28, 2020
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  §  27.6   Service areas.

   (a) Composition of service areas. WCS service areas include Economic
   Areas (EAs), Major Economic Areas (MEAs), Regional Economic Area
   Groupings (REAGs), cellular markets comprising Metropolitan Statistical
   Areas (MSAs) and Rural Service Areas (RSAs), and a nationwide area.
   MEAs and REAGs are defined in the Table immediately following paragraph
   (a)(1) of this section. Both MEAs and REAGs are based on the U.S.
   Department of Commerce's EAs. See  60 FR 13114  (March 10, 1995). In
   addition, the Commission shall separately license Guam and the Northern
   Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands,
   American Samoa, and the Gulf of Mexico, which have been assigned
   Commission-created EA numbers 173-176, respectively. The nationwide
   area is composed of the contiguous 48 states, Alaska, Hawaii, the Gulf
   of Mexico, and the U.S. territories. Maps of the EAs, MEAs, MSAs, RSAs,
   and REAGs are available on the FCC's website at www.fcc.gov/auctions
   through the “Maps” submenu.

   (1) The 52 MEAs are composed of one or more EAs and the 12 REAGs are
   composed of one or more MEAs, as defined in the table below:
   REAGs MEAs EAs
   1 (Northeast) 1 (Boston) 1-3.
       2 (New York City) 4-7, 10.
       3 (Buffalo) 8.
       4 (Philadelphia) 11-12.
   2 (Southeast) 5 (Washington) 13-14.
       6 (Richmond) 15-17, 20.
       7 (Charlotte-Greensboro-Greenville-Raleigh) 18-19, 21-26, 41-42,
   46.
       8 (Atlanta) 27-28, 37-40, 43.
       9 (Jacksonville) 29, 35.
       10 (Tampa-St. Petersburg-Orlando) 30, 33-34.
       11 (Miami) 31-32.
   3 (Great Lakes) 12 (Pittsburgh) 9, 52-53.
       13 (Cincinnati-Dayton) 48-50.
       14 (Columbus) 51.
       15 (Cleveland) 54-55.
       16 (Detroit) 56-58, 61-62.
       17 (Milwaukee) 59-60, 63, 104-105, 108.
       18 (Chicago) 64-66, 68, 97, 101.
       19 (Indianapolis) 67.
       20 (Minneapolis-St. Paul) 106-107, 109-114, 116.
       21 (Des Moines-Quad Cities) 100, 102-103, 117.
   4 (Mississippi Valley) 22 (Knoxville) 44-45.
       23 (Louisville-Lexington-Evansville) 47, 69-70, 72.
       24 (Birmingham) 36, 74, 78-79.
       25 (Nashville) 71.
       26 (Memphis-Jackson) 73, 75-77.
       27 (New Orleans-Baton Rouge) 80-85.
       28 (Little Rock) 90-92, 95.
       29 (Kansas City) 93, 99, 123.
       30 (St. Louis) 94, 96, 98.
   5 (Central) 31 (Houston) 86-87, 131.
       32 (Dallas-Fort Worth) 88-89, 127-130, 135, 137-138.
       33 (Denver) 115, 140-143.
       34 (Omaha) 118-121.
       35 (Wichita) 122.
       36 (Tulsa) 124.
       37 (Oklahoma City) 125-126.
       38 (San Antonio) 132-134.
       39 (El Paso-Albuquerque) 136, 139, 155-157.
       40 (Phoenix) 154, 158-159.
   6 (West) 41 (Spokane-Billings) 144-147, 168.
       42 (Salt Lake City) 148-150, 152.
       43 (San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose) 151, 162-165.
       44 (Los Angeles-San Diego) 153, 160-161.
       45 (Portland) 166-167.
       46 (Seattle) 169-170.
   7 (Alaska) 47 (Alaska) 171.
   8 (Hawaii) 48 (Hawaii) 172.
   9 (Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands) 49 (Guam and the Northern
   Mariana Islands) 173.
   10 (Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands) 50 (Puerto Rico and U.S.
   Virgin Islands) 174.
   11 (American Samoa) 51 (American Samoa) 175.
   12 (Gulf of Mexico) 52 (Gulf of Mexico) 176.

   (2) The Gulf of Mexico EA extends from 12 nautical miles off the U.S.
   Gulf coast outward into the Gulf.

   (b) 746-758 MHz, 775-788 MHz, and 805-806 MHz bands. WCS service areas
   for the 746-758 MHz, 775-788 MHz, and 805-806 MHz bands are as follows.

   (1) Service areas for Block A in the 757-758 MHz and 787-788 MHz bands
   and Block B in the 775-776 MHz and 805-806 MHz bands are based on Major
   Economic Areas (MEAs), as defined in paragraphs (a)(1) and (a)(2) of
   this section.

   (2) Service areas for Block C in the 746-757 MHz and 776-787 MHz bands
   are based on Regional Economic Area Groupings (REAGs) as defined by
   paragraph (a) of this section. In the event that no licenses with
   respect to service areas for Block C in the 746-757 MHz and 776-787 MHz
   bands are assigned based on the results of the first auction in which
   such licenses are offered because the auction results do not satisfy
   the applicable reserve price, then service areas for the spectrum at
   746-757 MHz and 776-787 MHz will instead be available for assignment as
   follows:

   (i) Service areas for Block C1 in the 746-752 MHz and 776-782 MHz bands
   are based on Economic Areas (EAs) as defined in paragraph (a) of this
   section.

   (ii) Service areas for Block C2 in the 752-757 MHz and 782-787 MHz
   bands are based on Regional Economic Area Groupings (REAGs) as defined
   by paragraph (a) of this section.

   (c) 698-746 MHz band. WCS service areas for the 698-746 MHz band are as
   follows:

   (1) Service areas for Block A in the 698-704 MHz and 728-734 MHz bands
   and Block E in the 722-728 MHz band are based on Economic Areas (EAs)
   as defined in paragraph (a) of this section.

   (2) Service areas for Block B in the 704-710 MHz and 734-740 MHz bands
   and Block C in the 710-716 MHz and 740-746 MHz bands are based on
   cellular markets comprising Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and
   Rural Service Areas (RSAs) as defined by Public Notice Report No.
   CL-92-40 “Common Carrier Public Mobile Services Information, Cellular
   MSA/RSA Markets and Counties,” dated January 24, 1992, DA 92-109, 7 FCC
   Rcd 742 (1992), with the following modifications:

   (i) The service areas of cellular markets that border the U.S.
   coastline of the Gulf of Mexico extend 12 nautical miles from the U.S.
   Gulf coastline.

   (ii) The service area of cellular market 306 that comprises the water
   area of the Gulf of Mexico extends from 12 nautical miles off the U.S.
   Gulf coast outward into the Gulf.

   (3) Service areas for Block D in the 716-722 MHz band are based on
   Economic Area Groupings (EAGs) as defined by the Federal Communications
   Commission. See  62 FR 15978  (April 3, 1997) extended with the Gulf of
   Mexico. See also paragraphs (a)(1) and (a)(2) of this section and  62 FR 9636  (March 3, 1997), in which the Commission created an additional
   four economic area-like areas for a total of 176. Maps of the EAGs and
   the Federal Register Notice that established the 172 Economic Areas
   (EAs) are available for public inspection and copying at the Federal
   Communications Commission's Reference Information Center, located at
   the address of the FCC's main office indicated in 47 CFR 0.401(a).
   These maps and data are also available on the FCC Web site at
   http://www.fcc.gov/oet/info/maps/areas/.

   (i) There are 6 EAGs, which are composed of multiple EAs as defined in
   the table below:
   Economic area groupings Name Economic areas
   EAG001 Northeast 1-11, 54.
   EAG002 Mid-Atlantic 12-26, 41, 42, 44-53, 70.
   EAG003 Southeast 27-40, 43, 69, 71-86, 88-90, 95, 96, 174, 176 (part).
   EAG004 Great Lakes 55-68, 97, 100-109.
   EAG005 Central/Mountain 87, 91-94, 98, 99, 110-146, 148, 149, 152,
   154-159, 176 (part).
   EAG006 Pacific 147, 150, 151, 153, 160-173, 175.

   Note 1 to paragraph (c)(3)(i): Economic Area Groupings are defined by
   the Federal Communications Commission; see  62 FR 15978  (April 3, 1997)
   extended with the Gulf of Mexico.

   Note 2 to paragraph (c)(3)(i): Economic Areas are defined by the
   Regional Economic Analysis Division, Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S.
   Department of Commerce February 1995 and extended by the Federal
   Communications Commission, see  62 FR 9636  (March 3, 1997).

   (ii) For purposes of paragraph (c)(3)(i) of this section, EA 176 (the
   Gulf of Mexico) will be divided between EAG003 (the Southeast EAG) and
   EAG005 (the Central/Mountain EAG) in accordance with the configuration
   of the Eastern/Central and Western Planning Area established by the
   Mineral Management Services Bureau of the Department of the Interior
   (MMS). That portion of EA 176 contained in the Eastern and Central
   Planning Areas as defined by MMS will be included in EAG003; that
   portion of EA 176 contained in the Western Planning Area as defined by
   MMS will be included in EAG005. Maps of these areas may be found on the
   MMS Web site: http://www.gomr.mms.gov/homepg/offshore/offshore.html.

   (d) 1390-1392 MHz band. Service areas for the 1390-1392 MHz band is
   based on Major Economic Areas (MEAs), as defined in paragraphs (a)(1)
   and (a)(2) of this section.

   (e) The paired 1392-1395 and 1432-1435 MHz bands. Service areas for the
   paired 1392-1395 and 1432-1435 MHz bands are as follows. Service areas
   for Block A in the 1392-1393.5 MHz and 1432-1433.5 MHz bands and Block
   B in the 1393.5-1395 MHz and 1433.5-1435 MHz bands are based on
   Economic Area Groupings (EAGs) as defined in paragraph (c)(3) of this
   section.

   (f) 1670-1675 MHz band. Service areas for the 1670-1675 MHz band are
   available on a nationwide basis.

   (g) [Reserved]

   (h) 1710-1755 and 2110-2155 MHz bands. AWS service areas for the
   1710-1755 MHz and 2110-2155 MHz bands are as follows:

   (1) Service areas for Block A (1710-1720 MHz and 2110-2120 MHz) are
   based on cellular markets comprising Metropolitan Statistical Areas
   (MSAs) and Rural Service Areas (RSAs) as defined by Public Notice
   Report No. CL-92-40 “Common Carrier Public Mobile Services Information,
   Cellular MSA/RSA Markets and Counties,” dated January 24, 1992, DA
   92-109, 7 FCC Rcd 742 (1992), with the following modifications:

   (i) The service areas of cellular markets that border the U.S.
   coastline of the Gulf of Mexico extend 12 nautical miles from the U.S.
   Gulf coastline.

   (ii) The service area of cellular market 306 that comprises the water
   area of the Gulf of Mexico extends from 12 nautical miles off the U.S.
   Gulf coast outward into the Gulf.

   (2) Service areas for Blocks B (1720-1730 MHz and 2120-2130 MHz) and C
   (1730-1735 MHz and 2130-2135 MHz) are based on Economic Areas (EAs) as
   defined in paragraph (a) of this section.

   (3) Service areas for blocks D (1735-1740 MHz and 2135-2140 MHz), E
   (1740-1745 MHz and 2140-2145 MHz) and F (1745-1755 MHz and 2145-2155
   MHz) are based on Regional Economic Area Groupings (REAGs) as defined
   by paragraph (a) of this section.

   (i) 2000-2020 MHz and 2180-2200 MHz bands. AWS service areas for the
   2000-2020 MHz and 2180-2200 MHz bands are based on Economic Areas (EAs)
   as defined in paragraph (a) of this section.

   (j) 1915-1920 MHz and 1995-2000 MHz bands. AWS service areas for the
   1915-1920 MHz and 1995-2000 MHz bands are based on Economic Areas (EAs)
   as defined in paragraph (a) of this section.

   (k) 1695-1710 MHz, 1755-1780 MHz, and 2155-2180 MHz bands. AWS service
   areas for the 1695-1710 MHz, 1755-1780 MHz, and 2155-2180 MHz bands are
   as follows:

   (1) Service areas for Block G (1755-1760 MHz and 2155-2160 MHz) are
   based on cellular markets comprising Metropolitan Statistical Areas
   (MSAs) and Rural Service Areas (RSAs) as defined by Public Notice
   Report No. CL-92-40 “Common Carrier Public Mobile Services Information,
   Cellular MSA/RSA Markets and Counties,” dated January 24, 1992, DA
   92-109, 7 FCC Rcd 742 (1992), with the following modifications:

   (i) The service areas of cellular markets that border the U.S.
   coastline of the Gulf of Mexico extend 12 nautical miles from the U.S.
   Gulf coastline.

   (ii) The service area of cellular market 306 that comprises the water
   area of the Gulf of Mexico extends from 12 nautical miles off the U.S.
   Gulf coast outward into the Gulf.

   (2) Service areas for Blocks H (1760-1765 MHz and 2160-2165 MHz), I
   (1765-1770 MHz and 2165-2170 MHz), J (1770-1780 MHz and 2170-2180 MHz),
   A1 (1695-1700 MHz) and B1 (1700-1710 MHz) are based on Economic Areas
   (EAs) as defined in paragraph (a) of this section.

   (l) 600 MHz band. Service areas for the 600 MHz band are based on
   Partial Economic Areas (PEAs) as defined by Wireless Telecommunications
   Bureau Provides Details About Partial Economic Areas, Public Notice, 29
   FCC Rcd 6491, App. B (2014). The service areas of PEAs that border the
   U.S. coastline of the Gulf of Mexico extend 12 nautical miles from the
   U.S. Gulf coastline. The service area of the Gulf of Mexico PEA (PEA
   416) that comprises the water area of the Gulf of Mexico extends from
   12 nautical miles off the U.S. Gulf coast outward into the Gulf.

   (m) 3700-3980 MHz Band. Service areas in the 3.7 GHz Service are based
   on Partial Economic Areas (PEAs) as defined by appendix A to this
   subpart (see Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Provides Details About
   Partial Economic Areas, DA 14-759, Public Notice, released June 2,
   2014, for more information). The 3.7 GHz Service will be licensed in
   the contiguous United States, i.e., the contiguous 48 states and the
   District of Columbia as defined by Partial Economic Areas Nos. 1-41,
   43-211, 213-263, 265-297, 299-359, and 361-411. The service areas of
   PEAs that border the U.S. coastline of the Gulf of Mexico extend 12
   nautical miles from the U.S. Gulf coastline. The 3.7 GHz Service will
   not be licensed for the following PEAs:

   Table 3 to Paragraph (m)
   PEA No.            PEA name
   42      Honolulu, HI.
   212     Anchorage, AK.
   264     Kodiak, AK.
   298     Fairbanks, AK.
   360     Juneau, AK.
   412     Puerto Rico.
   413     Guam-Northern Mariana Islands.
   414     US Virgin Islands.
   415     American Samoa.

   [ 62 FR 9658 , Mar. 3, 1997]

   Editorial Note: For Federal Register citations affecting § 27.6, 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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