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Local Television Transmission Service


Local Television Transmission Service

Local Television Transmission Service (LTTS) stations are available for communications common carriers to provide service to television broadcast stations, network entities, cable system operators and cable network entities. Fixed point-to-point, temporary fixed and mobile operations are permitted in LTTS.
Stations in this service are used to relay television programming material between points. The stations may be used to link studio and broadcast transmitter, relay programming from one city to another, or to relay programming from live events. Stations in this service are also used for Electronic News gathering and for video feeds at sporting events.

2 GHz Relocation

Although licensed under Part 101, communications common carriers in the LTTS may be assigned Broadcast Auxiliary Service (BAS) frequencies listed in Section 74.602(a). Such LTTS licensees in the 1990-2025 MHz band ("2 GHz band") are subject to relocation (for emerging technologies such as PCS, MSS) to a new BAS channel plan in the 2025-2110 MHz band. More information on the transition and new BAS channel plan can be found in Part 2 (notes NG 156 and NG 177 to Section 2.106 (Table of Allocations)) and Part 74 (Section 74.602 (Frequency assignments), and Section 74.690 (Transition of the 1990-2025 MHz band from the Broadcast Auxiliary Service to emerging technologies)) of the Commission's Rules.
Nextel BAS-relocation plan- In 2004 the Commission adopted the 800 MHz Report and Order (pdf) (modified by Supplemental Order and Order on Reconsideration (pdf) and Memorandum Opinion and Order (pdf) ) which granted Nextel the use of spectrum at 1.9 GHz and established provisions for Nextel's clearing the 1990-2025 MHz band segment of BAS incumbents. Specifically, Nextel's licenses are conditioned on Nextel following a relocation plan (pdf) (filed with FCC on April 6, 2005) that Nextel was required to develop with the Association for Maximum Service Television (MSTV), the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE), and other interested broadcast parties. Nextel (now Sprint Nextel) has a website with additional information on this process:
On September 4, 2007, Sprint Nextel, MSTV, NAB and SBE filed a Joint Petition (pdf) requesting that the Commission waive the current BAS transition completion date for an additional twenty-nine months. On September 7, 2007 the Commission on its own motion (pdf) extended the deadline by which Sprint Nextel Corporation (Sprint Nextel) is required to complete the transition of the broadcast auxiliary service (BAS) to frequencies above 2025 MHz by 60 days in order to allow time to consider the joint petition.

Frequency Coordinators

A list of frequency coordinators is provided for information purposes only.

Special Temporary Authorization

Applications filed to obtain Special Temporary Authority (STA) in the services described in 47 C.F.R. §1.913(d) may be filed electronically, or manually.

Construction/Coverage Requirements

The FCC requires most wireless telecommunications services licensees 1) to construct their authorized system or meet specific coverage requirements within a given time period and 2) to notify the Commission that the requirement has been met. This time period varies depending on the radio service in which the license is held.


To view and download related Public Notices, Orders, Letters and News Releases, see Releases.
Service At A Glance
Local Television Transmission Service
LTTS stations are available for Communications Common Carriers to provide service to television broadcast stations, network entities, cable system operators and cable network entities.
Service Rules47 C.F.R., Parts 1, 2, 101
Related Services
Broadcast Auxiliary
Band Plan
Band(s)2 GHz 4 GHz 6 GHz 11 GHz 13 GHz 14 GHz 21 GHz
ULS Radio Service Codes
CT - Local Television Transmission
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