BRS & EBS Radio Services
The BRS/EBS R&O & FNPRM created a new band plan for 2495-2690 MHz. The new band plan eliminates the use of interleaved channels by MDS and ITFS licensees and creates distinct band segments for high power operations, such as one-way video transmission, and low power operations, such as two-way fixed and mobile broadband applications. By grouping high and low power users into separate portions of the band, the new band plan reduces the likelihood of interference caused by incompatible uses and creates incentives for the development of low-power, cellularized broadband operations, which were inhibited by the prior band plan.
The BRS/EBS R&O & FNPRM also expands the original MDS-ITFS band by adding to it five megahertz of additional spectrum from below 2500 MHz, which increases the total size of the band to 194 megahertz. This will provide room for the future relocation of MDS Channels 1 and 2, which are presently located in the 2.1 GHz band.
The new band plan will enable BRS and EBS providers to use the 2495-2690 MHz spectrum in a more technologically and economically efficient manner. The new, more flexible rules will facilitate the growth of new and innovative wireless technologies and services, including wireless broadband services that have the potential to compete with cable and DSL broadband providers and to extend broadband service to rural and underserved areas. The rules adopted today also preserve operations of existing licensees, including educational institutions offering instructional television programming to their students.
The new band plan includes a 1 MHz guard band at 2495-2496 MHz.
BRS-EBS Band Plans: Pre-Transition at 2500-2690 MHz and Post-Transition at 2495 - 2690 MHz (pdf