The Rural Radiotelephone Service is in the 152 – 159 MHz and 454 – 460 MHz spectrum bands. Rural Radiotelephone spectrum is used to provide basic, analog, 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 Basic Exchange Telephone Radio Service (BETRS).


The FCC issues initial Rural Radiotelephone Service licenses on a site-by-site basis. You can also gain access to Rural Radiotelephone licenses through the secondary market, which allows licensees to sell or lease spectrum.


You can find information about Rural Radiotelephone licenses in the Universal Licensing System (ULS). The

ULS radio service code and description for Rural Radiotelephone licenses is CR – Rural Radiotelephone.

The FCC service rules for Rural Radiotelephone are located in 47 C.F.R. Part 22.



There are 44 channels available for Rural Radiotelephone. Each channel is 20 kHz.