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BRS & EBS Radio Services

 

BRS & EBS Radio Services

 

The Broadband Radio Service (BRS), formerly known as the Multipoint Distribution Service (MDS)/Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service (MMDS), is a commercial service. In the past, it was generally used for the transmission of data and video programming to subscribers using high-powered systems, also known as wireless cable. However, over the years, the uses have evolved to include digital two-way systems capable of providing high-speed, high-capacity broadband service, including two-way Internet service via cellularized communication systems. Such services provide consumers integrated access to voice, high-speed data, video-on-demand, and interactive delivery services from a wireless device.
The Educational Broadband Service (EBS), formerly known as the Instructional Television Fixed Service (ITFS), is an educational service that has generally been used for the transmission of instructional material to accredited educational institutions and non-educational institutions such as hospitals, nursing homes, training centers, and rehabilitation centers using high-powered systems. Our recent revamping of the EBS spectrum will now make it possible for EBS users to continue their instructional services utilizing low-power broadband systems while also providing students with high-speed internet access.
 

Transition to New Band Plan

The transition process for moving Educational Broadband Service (EBS) licensees and Broadband Radio Service (BRS) licensees from their current channel locations to their new spectrum blocks in the Lower Band Segment (LBS), Middle Band Segment (MBS), or Upper Band Segment (UBS) is complete, except in those markets where Multichannel Video Programming Distributors have received a waiver to “opt out” of the band plan transition.
 

New Technical Rules

Under the new rules, licensees will have the flexibility to use the technology of their choice for a wide variety of purposes. Until a market is transitioned, licensees may continue to operate in accordance with their currently licensed operations.
 
 
 
Service At A Glance
Broadband Radio Service
Flexible use service that can be used to accommodate a variety of fixed, portable, and mobile services, including high-speed broadband services (including internet access), video programming, and cellularized communications services. (See EBS, below)
Also Known AsBRS
Established2005 (formerly known as the Multipoint Distribution Service)
Service Rules47 C.F.R., Part 27
Band Plan
Band(s)2496-2690 MHz (shared with the Educational Broadband Service)
Market Areas Combination of Basic Trading Areas (BTAs) and 35-mile radius geographic service areas
Licensing
Fee and Mailing Instructions (pdf)
SystemULS
ULS Radio Service Codes
BR - Broadband Radio Service
Auctions
11/13/1995 - 3/28/1996
 
Service At A Glance
Educational Broadband Service
Flexible use service licensed to educational institutions or non-profit educational organizations designed to accommodate a variety of fixed, portable, and mobile services relating to education and instruction. Licensees can also lease excess capacity to other entities so long as they meet educational programming requirements.
Also Known AsEBS
Established2005 (formerly known as the Instructional Television Fixed Service)
Service Rules47 C.F.R., Part 27
Band Plan
Band(s)2495-2690 MHz (shared with the Broadband Radio Service)
Market Areas 35-mile radius geographic service areas
Licensing
SystemULS
ULS Radio Service Codes
ED - Educational Broadband Service (EBS)
 
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Last reviewed/updated on
8/13/2010