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Basic Exchange Telephone Radio Service (BETRS)

The Basic Exchange Telephone Radio Service (BETRS) is in the 152 – 159 MHz, 454 – 460 MHz, 816 – 820 MHz, and 861 – 865 MHz spectrum bands. BETRS spectrum is used to provide basic, digital, telephone service to subscribers in locations deemed so remote that traditional wireline service or service by other means is not feasible.

Similar services include the Rural Radiotelephone Service.

Background
The Basic Exchange Telephone Radio Service (BETRS) dates back to 1988 when the FCC established service rules for BETRS. BETRS augments the existing Rural Radiotelephone Service by using digital technologies with enhanced capabilities.

Licensing
The FCC issues initial Basic Exchange Telephone Radio Service (BETRS) licenses on a site-by-site basis. You can also gain access to BETRS licenses through the secondary market, which allows licensees to sell or lease spectrum.

You can find information about the Basic Exchange Telephone Radio Service (BETRS) licenses in the Universal Licensing System (ULS).

The ULS radio service code and description for the Basic Exchange Telephone Radio Service (BETRS) licenses is CB – Basic Exchange Telephone Radio Service (BETRS).

The FCC service rules for the Basic Exchange Telephone Radio Service (BETRS) are located in 47 C.F.R. Part 22.

Channels
There are 94 channels available for the Basic Exchange Telephone Radio Service (BETRS). Each channel is 20 kHz.

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