Special Coordination Procedure for the Use of Frequencies in the Bands 806-821 MHz and 851-866 MHz for Land Mobile Services

August 1, 2011

Recognizing that the priority use of frequencies by the United States of America and Canada remains pursuant to Section 3 of the Arrangement Concerning the Use of the Bands 806-890 MHz along the Canada-United States Border 1, as amended 2 and hereafter referred to as the Arrangement, between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Industry Canada 3 hereafter referred to as the Agencies;

Recognizing further that the administrations must maintain the flexibility to assign frequencies from their respective frequency blocks where they enjoy priority usage, using their chosen method of authorization;

Recognizing that there may be licensees/operators other than Sprint (formerly Nextel Communications Inc.) in the U.S. or TELUS Communications Company (TELUS) in Canada on frequencies identified in Annex A;

Recognizing that the use of frequencies identified in Annex A may be different beyond 100 km of the border than that within this border zone;

Noting that business arrangements may exist between Canadian and U.S. system operators, in this case TELUS and Sprint, which provide for spectrum-efficient, seamless frequency re-use plans that extend across the Canada/U.S.A. border and facilitate roaming;

It is AGREED that:

Industry Canada and the FCC may authorize these system operators to use specific frequencies, as set forth in Annex A and incorporated herein by reference, within 100 km of the United States-Canada border that exceed the Power Flux Density limits specified in the Arrangement and are in the other countries’ frequency block under the following conditions:

  • the system operators must file with their respective Agency a copy of the business arrangement listing the frequencies they would be sharing and in which geographical areas;
  • agreement will be reached between the Canadian and U.S. licensees for each proposed assignment within the relevant geographical service area before it is placed in operation;
  • in the event that the operations provided for herein cause harmful interference to primary operations in either country, the system operators shall take immediate action to mitigate the situation. Should resolution of the interference situation not be found, the interfering assignment will be required to cease operation within 10 calendar days except, in the case where public safety licensees are affected, operations must cease immediately upon being advised;
  • no service may be offered by the Canadian licensee within the U.S., and, no service may be offered by the U.S. licensee within Canada; and,
  • any changes to the notified business arrangement will require review by the Agencies.

In the event either Agency requires the exclusive use of its country’s primary frequencies listed in Annex A, that Agency may provide a notice in writing to the other Agency, after which the other Agency shall have a three month period to ensure that its licensees do not exceed a maximum power flux density of –124 dB(W/m2)/25 kHz at and beyond the border.

For any reason whatsoever, this procedure may be subject to unconditional withdrawal by either Agency with three months written notice. In the case of withdrawal of this procedure, any assignments established at the time of withdrawal would be permitted to continue operating at their current parameters for a period of one year unless the Agencies agree to a longer period of time.

This procedure is accepted as a revised understanding between the FCC and Industry Canada and replaces the Special Coordination Procedure previously issued to Nextel Communications Inc. and TELE-MOBILE COMPANY, signed on October 18, 2001. This newly revised procedure will come into effect on the date of signature by representatives of both Agencies. Sprint and TELUS will establish a procedure for transitioning from the frequencies listed in the previous Special Coordination Procedure to the frequencies listed in Annex A.


1 Arrangement between the Department of Communications of Canada and the Federal Communications Commission of the United States concerning the use of the band 806-890 MHz along the Canada-United States border, dated April 7, 1982.

2 See exchange of letters between the FCC and Industry Canada dated December 10, 1994.

3 Formerly the Department of Communications.


Annex A

(1) Geographic area: Within 100 km of the United States – Canada Border Between 71° and 72° W Longitude

(Quebec City – Maine)

Paired Frequencies (MHz) with U.S. Priority Use
Used by TELUS
RX TX
820.1125865.1125
820.1375865.1375
820.1625865.1625
820.1875865.1875
820.2125865.2125
820.2375865.2375
820.2625865.2625
820.3375865.3375
820.4125865.4125
820.5625865.5625

(2) Geographic area: Within 100 km of the United States – Canada Border Between 72° and 74° 30′ W Longitude

(Montreal – Burlington)

Paired Frequencies (MHz) with U.S. Priority Use
Used by TELUS
RX TX
819.3875 864.3875
819.4125864.4125
819.6625 864.6625
819.6875 864.6875
819.7125 864.7125
819.7875 864.7875
819.8375 864.8375
819.8625 864.8625
820.0125 865.0125
820.0875 865.0875
820.1875 865.1875
820.2625 865.2625
820.6875 865.6875
820.7375 865.7375
Paired Frequencies (MHz) with Canadian Priority Use
Used by Sprint
RX TX
814.7125 859.7125
816.1625 861.1625
816.3125 861.3125
816.6125 861.6125
816.8625 861.8625
817.1125 862.1125
817.3125 862.3125
817.7625 862.7625
818.2875 863.2875
818.4375 863.4375
818.5125 863.5125
818.5375 863.5375
818.5625 863.5625
818.6375 863.6375

(3) Geographic area: Within 100 km of the United States – Canada Border Between 74° 30′ and 76° W Longitude

(Ottawa – Canton)

Paired Frequencies (MHz) with U.S. Priority Use
Used by TELUS
RX TX
819.1375 864.1375
819.1625 864.1625
819.2125 864.2125
819.2625 864.2625
819.2875 864.2875
819.3125 864.3125
819.4125 864.4125
819.4375 864.4375
819.4625 864.4625
819.4875 864.4875
819.5125 864.5125
819.5625 864.5625
819.5875 864.5875
819.7125 864.7125
819.8375 864.8375
819.8625 864.8625
819.8875 864.8875
819.9125 864.9125
820.0125 865.0125
820.0375 865.0375
820.3125 865.3125
820.3375 865.3375
820.3625 865.3625
820.4625 865.4625
820.4875 865.4875
820.7625 865.7625
820.7875 865.7875
820.8125 865.8125
820.9125 865.9125
820.9375 865.9375
Paired Frequencies (MHz) with Canadian Priority Use
Used by Sprint
RX TX
813.0375 858.0375
813.1875 858.1875
813.2375 858.2375
813.2875 858.2875
813.4375 858.4375
813.4875 858.4875
813.6875 858.6875
813.7375 858.7375
813.7875 858.7875
813.9875 858.9875
814.0375 859.0375
814.1875 859.1875
814.2375 859.2375
814.4875 859.4875
814.7375 859.7375
814.9875 859.9875
816.2875 861.2875
816.5375 861.5375
816.7875 861.7875
817.0375 862.0375
817.2875 862.2875
817.5125 862.5125
817.7625 862.7625
818.0125 863.0125
818.2625 863.2625
818.2625 863.2625
818.5125 863.5125

(4) Geographic area: Within 100 km of the United States – Canada Border Between 76° and 81° W Longitude

(Toronto – Buffalo–Rochester)

Paired Frequencies (MHz) with U.S. Priority Use
Used by TELUS
RX TX
819.5875 864.5875
819.6125 864.6125
819.6375 864.6375
819.6875 864.6875
819.7125 864.7125
819.7375 864.7375
819.7625 864.7625
819.7875 864.7875
819.8625 864.8625
819.9125 864.9125
819.9375 864.9375
819.9625 864.9625
819.9875 864.9875
820.0125 865.0125
820.0375 865.0375
820.0625 865.0625
820.1125 865.1125
820.1625 865.1625
820.2125 865.2125
820.2375 865.2375
820.2625 865.2625
820.3625 865.3625
820.3875 865.3875
820.4125 865.4125
820.4375 865.4375
820.4625 865.4625
820.4875 865.4875
820.5125 865.5125
820.5375 865.5375
820.6125 865.6125
820.6375 865.6375
820.6625 865.6625
820.6875 865.6875
820.7125 865.7125
820.7375 865.7375
820.7625 865.7625
820.8125 865.8125
820.8375 865.8375
820.8625 865.8625
820.8875 865.8875
820.9125 865.9125
820.9375 865.9375
820.9625 865.9625
820.9875 865.9875
Paired Frequencies (MHz) with Canadian Priority Use
Used by Sprint
RX TX
813.6625 858.6625
813.7375 858.7375
813.8625 858.8625
813.9875 858.9875
814.1125 859.1125
814.1625 859.1625
814.1875 859.1875
814.2375 859.2375
814.7375 859.7375
814.9875 859.9875
815.0625 860.0625
815.0875 860.0875
815.1125 860.1125
815.1375 860.1375
815.6375 860.6375
815.7625 860.7625
815.8875 860.8875
816.0875 861.0875
816.1375 861.1375
816.2875 861.2875
816.3375 861.3375
816.3875 861.3875
816.5375 861.5375
816.5875 861.5875
816.6125 861.6125
816.6375 861.6375
816.7875 861.7875
816.8375 861.8375
816.8875 861.8875
817.3875 862.3875
817.5125 862.5125
817.5875 862.5875
817.6375 862.6375
817.7625 862.7625
817.8125 862.8125
818.0125 863.0125
818.0625 863.0625
818.0875 863.0875
818.1125 863.1125
818.1375 863.1375
818.2625 863.2625
818.3125 863.3125
818.3375 863.3375
818.3625 863.3625
818.3875 863.3875
818.5125 863.5125
818.5625 863.5625
818.5875 863.5875
818.6125 863.6125
818.6375 863.6375

(5) Geographic area: Within 100 km of the United States – Canada Border Between 81° and 85° W Longitude

(SW Ontario – Detroit – Cleveland)

Paired Frequencies (MHz) with U.S. Priority Use
Used by TELUS
RX TX
818.0625 863.0625
818.0875 863.0875
818.1125 863.1125
818.1375 863.1375
818.2625 863.2625
818.2875 863.2875
818.3125 863.3125
818.3375 863.3375
818.3625 863.3625
818.3875 863.3875
818.4125 863.4125
818.4375 863.4375
818.4625 863.4625
818.4875 863.4875
818.5125 863.5125
818.5375 863.5375
818.5625 863.5625
818.5875 863.5875
818.6125 863.6125
818.6375 863.6375
818.7375 863.7375
818.7625 863.7625
818.7875 863.7875
818.8375 863.8375
818.8625 863.8625
818.8875
1, 2, 3
863.8875
1, 2, 3
818.9125 863.9125
818.9375
1, 2
863.9375
1, 2
818.9625 863.9625
818.9875 863.9875
819.0125 864.0125
819.0375 864.0375
819.0625 864.0625
819.0875 864.0875
819.1125 864.1125
819.1375 864.1375
819.1625 3 864.1625 3
819.2125 3 864.2125 3
819.2375 864.2375
819.2625 864.2625
819.2875 3 864.2875 3
819.4125 864.4125
819.4375 864.4375
819.4625 864.4625
819.4875 864.4875
819.5125 864.5125
819.5375 864.5375
819.5625 864.5625
819.5875 864.5875
819.6125 864.6125
819.6375 864.6375
819.6875 864.6875
819.7125 864.7125
819.7375 864.7375
819.7625 864.7625
819.7875 864.7875
819.8375 864.8375
819.8625 864.8625
819.9125 864.9125
819.9375 864.9375
819.9625 864.9625
819.9875 864.9875
820.0125 865.0125
820.0375 865.0375
820.0625 3 865.0625 3
820.1125 865.1125
820.1375
1, 2
865.1375
1, 2
820.1625 3 865.16253
820.1875
1, 2
865.1875
1, 2
820.2125 3865.2125 3
820.2375 865.2375
820.2625 3 865.2625 3
820.3375
1, 2, 3
865.3375
1, 2, 3
820.3625 3 865.3625 3
820.3875 865.3875
820.4125 865.4125
820.4375 865.4375
820.4625 865.4625
820.4875 865.4875
820.5125 865.5125
820.5375 865.5375
820.6125 3 865.6125 3
820.6375 865.6375
820.6625 865.6625
820.6875 865.6875
820.7125 865.7125
820.7375 865.7375
820.7625 865.7625
820.7875 865.7875
820.8125 3 865.8125 3
820.8375 865.8375
820.8625 865.8625
820.8875 865.8875
820.9125 865.9125
820.9375 865.9375
820.9625 865.9625
820.9875 865.9875
Paired Frequencies (MHz) with Canadian Priority Use
Used by Sprint
RX TX
811.3375 856.3375
811.3625 856.3625
811.4125 856.4125
811.4375 856.4375
811.4625 856.4625
811.4875 856.4875
811.5125 856.5125
811.5625 856.5625
811.5875 856.5875
811.6125 856.6125
811.6375 856.6375
811.6625 856.6625
811.6875 856.6875
811.7125 856.7125
811.7375 856.7375
811.7625 856.7625
811.8125 856.8125
811.8375 856.8375
811.8625 856.8625
811.8875 856.8875
811.9125 856.9125
811.9375 856.9375
811.9625 856.9625
811.9875 856.9875
812.0125 857.0125
812.0625 857.0625
812.0875 857.0875
812.1125 857.1125
812.1375 857.1375
812.1625 857.1625
812.1875 857.1875
812.2375 857.2375
812.2625 2 857.2625 2
812.3375 857.3375
812.3625 857.3625
812.4125 857.4125
812.4375 857.4375
812.4625 857.4625
812.4875 857.4875
812.6125 857.6125
813.0125 858.0125
813.0875 858.0875
813.1625 858.1625
813.1875 858.1875
813.2125 858.2125
813.2375 858.2375
813.2625 858.2625
813.3375 2 858.3375 2
813.3625 858.3625
813.4125 858.4125
813.4375 858.4375
813.4625 858.4625
813.4875 858.4875
813.5125 858.5125
813.5875 858.5875
813.6625 858.6625
813.6875 858.6875
813.7125 858.7125
813.7375 858.7375
813.7625 858.7625
813.8375 858.8375
813.8625 858.8625
813.9125 858.9125
813.9375 858.9375
813.9625 858.9625
813.9875 858.9875
814.0125 859.0125
814.0875 859.0875
814.1625 859.1625
814.1875 859.1875
814.2125 859.2125
814.2375 859.2375
814.3375 859.3375
814.3625 859.3625
814.4875 859.4875
814.6125 859.6125
814.7375 859.7375
814.8625 859.8625
814.9875 859.9875
815.0125 860.0125
815.0625 860.0625
815.0875 860.0875
815.1125 860.1125
815.1625 860.1625
815.2375 860.2375
815.2625 860.2625
815.3125 2 860.3125 2
815.3375 2 860.3375 2
815.3625 860.3625
815.4125 860.4125
815.4875 860.4875
815.5125 860.5125
815.5625 860.5625
815.6125 860.6125
815.6375 860.6375
815.6875 2 860.6875 2
815.7375 860.7375

1 Denotes frequencies which may require exclusion zones. Conditions can be placed upon the licence when a request is processed.

2 Denotes frequencies that will be used on a 2 year transitional basis until August 1, 2013.

3 Denotes frequencies with adjacent channel restrictions. Conditions can be placed upon the licence when a request is processed.


(6) Geographic area: Within 100 km of the United States – Canada Border Between 110° and 114° W Longitude

(Alberta – Montana)

Paired Frequencies (MHz) with U.S. Priority Use
Used by TELUS
RX TX
819.3875 864.3875
819.4375 864.4375
819.4875 864.4875
819.8875 864.8875
819.9375 864.9375
819.9875 864.9875
820.0625 865.0625
820.3125 865.3125
820.5375 865.5375
820.5875 865.5875
820.7875 865.7875
820.8375 865.8375

(7) Geographic area: Within 100 km of the United States – Canada Border Between 121° 30′ and 125° W Longitude

(Vancouver West – Bellingham)

Paired Frequencies (MHz) with U.S. Priority Use
Used by TELUS
RX TX
819.1625 864.1625
819.1875 864.1875
819.2125 864.2125
819.2375 864.2375
819.2875 864.2875
819.3125 864.3125
819.4125 864.4125
819.4375 864.4375
819.4625 864.4625
819.4875 864.4875
819.5125 864.5125
819.5375 864.5375
819.5625 864.5625
819.5875 864.5875
819.6375 864.6375
819.6875 864.6875
819.7125 864.7125
819.7375 864.7375
819.7625 864.7625
819.7875 864.7875
819.8125 864.8125
819.8375 864.8375
819.8625 864.8625
819.8875 864.8875
819.9125 864.9125
819.9375 864.9375
819.9625 864.9625
819.9875 864.9875
820.0375 865.0375
820.0625 865.0625
820.0875 865.0875
820.1125 865.1125
820.1375 865.1375
820.1625 865.1625
820.1875 865.1875
820.2125 865.2125
820.2375 865.2375
820.2625 865.2625
820.2875 865.2875
820.3125 865.3125
820.3375 865.3375
820.3875 865.3875
820.4375 865.4375
820.5125 865.5125
820.5375 865.5375
820.5625 865.5625
820.5875 865.5875
820.6125 865.6125
820.6375 865.6375
820.6625 865.6625
820.6875 865.6875
820.7375 865.7375
820.7625 865.7625
820.7875 865.7875
820.8125 865.8125
820.8375 865.8375
820.8625 865.8625
820.8875 865.8875
Paired Frequencies (MHz) with Canadian Priority Use
Used by Sprint
RX TX
812.9875 1 857.9875 1
813.0375 1 858.0375 1
813.0625 1 858.0625 1
813.0875 1 858.0875 1
813.1125 1 858.1125 1
813.1375 1858.1375 1
813.1875 1 858.1875 1
813.2375 1 858.2375 1
813.3625 1 858.3625 1
813.3875 1 858.3875 1
813.4375 1 858.4375 1
813.4625 1 858.4625 1
813.4875 1 858.4875 1
813.5375 1 858.5375 1
813.5875 1 858.5875 1
813.6125 1 858.6125 1
813.6375 1 858.6375 1
813.6875 2 858.6875 2
813.7125 858.7125
813.7875 2 858.7875 2
813.8375 858.8375
813.8625 858.8625
813.8875 858.8875
813.9375 2 858.9375 2
813.9625 858.9625
813.9875 858.9875
814.0375 859.0375
814.0875 859.0875
814.1125 859.1125
814.1375 859.1375
814.1875 859.1875
814.2375 859.2375
814.4375 859.4375
814.4875 859.4875
814.6875 859.6875
814.9375 859.9375
815.0375 860.0375
815.0625 860.0625
815.0875 860.0875
815.1125 860.1125
815.1375 860.1375
815.1875 860.1875
815.2375 860.2375
815.2875 860.2875
815.3125 860.3125
815.3625 860.3625
815.3875 860.3875
815.4375 860.4375
815.4625 860.4625
815.4875 860.4875
815.5375 860.5375
815.5625 860.5625
815.5875 860.5875
815.6125 860.6125
815.6375 860.6375
815.6875 860.6875
815.7125 860.7125
815.7375 860.7375
815.7875 860.7875
815.8125 860.8125
815.8375 860.8375
815.8625 860.8625
815.8875 860.8875
815.9375 860.9375
815.9625 860.9625
815.9875 860.9875
816.0375 861.0375
816.0625 861.0625
816.0875 861.0875
816.1125 861.1125
816.1375 861.1375
816.1875 861.1875
816.2125 861.2125
816.2375 861.2375
816.3875 861.3875

1 Denotes frequencies that will be used on a 2 year transitional basis until August 1, 2013.

2 Denotes frequencies that may only be used at a distance of at least 10 kilometers from the border.

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