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Paging

 

Paging

 
Commercial paging is a Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS) and is thus, 1) provided for profit, 2) interconnected to the public switched network, and 3) available to the public.
Traditional commercial paging service consists of one-way data communications sent to a mobile device that alerts the user when it arrives. The communication could consist of a phone number for the user to call, a short message, or an information update. Other licensees in addition to paging carriers offer paging services. For instance, most digital mobile telephone handsets include a paging component or Caller ID feature that allows users to view the phone number of someone who has called them. Narrowband PCS licensees offer more advanced two-way paging type services.
Commercial paging may operate in the 35-36, 43-44, 152-159, and 454-460 MHz bands (referred to as the "Lower Band") and the 929 and 931 MHz bands (referred to as the "Upper Band") (refer to Band Plan) and after 1997 was geographically licensed based on either Economic Area (EA) or Market Economic Area (MEA) Market Area designations. You can read more about the history of licensing commercial paging.
The rules governing commercial paging are found in the Code of Federal Regulations, Volume 47, Part 1 and Part 22 (and Part 90 for 929 MHz channels).
 
 
 
Service At A Glance
Paging
One-way data communications sent to a mobile device that alerts the user when it arrives. The communication could consist of a phone number for the user to call, a short message, or an information update.
Also Known AsCommercial Paging, One-Way Paging, Traditional Paging
Established1949
Service RulesCFR, Parts 1, 22, and 90
Band Plan
Band(s)35-36 MHz
43-44 MHz
152-159 MHz
454-460 MHz
929, 931 MHz
Market Areas EAs, MEAs, NW, Site-by-Site
Channels129
Channel Size20 KHz (unpaired)
40 KHz (paired)
Licensing
Fee and Mailing Instructions (pdf)
SystemULS
ULS Radio Service Codes
CD - Paging & Radiotelephone
CP - Part 22 VHF/UHF Paging (excluding 931 MHz)
CZ - Paging & Radiotelephone, Auctioned
GC - 929-931 MHz Bands, Auctioned
GS - Private Carrier Paging, 929-930 MHz
Auctions
2/24/2000 - 3/2/2000
10/30/2001 - 12/5/2001
5/13/2003 - 5/28/2003
6/15/2010 - 8/6/2010
7/16/2013 - 8/6/2013
 
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Last reviewed/updated on
11/17/2005