T Band Allocations in the US

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TV Channel frequencies used for public safety

The FCC made a decision to allocate TV channels 14-20 for use in the public safety sector in larger metropolitan areas.
The assignments within this range are typically called "T Band", named for their using Television Band frequencies for two way use. Here are the TV channels used in what cities.

TV Channel Frequency Range Metropolitan areas.
14 470 - 476 MHz Boston, MA., Chicago, IL., Cleveland, OH¹., Los Angeles, CA., Miami, FL., New York, NY., Pittsburg, PA.
15 476 - 482 MHz Chicago, IL., Cleveland, OH¹., Detroit, MI¹., New York, NY.
16 482 - 488 MHz Boston, MA., Dallas-Ft Worth, TX., Detroit, MI¹., Los Angeles, CA., New York, NY., San Francisco (Bay Area), CA.
17 488 - 494 MHz Houston, TX., San Francisco (Bay Area), CA., Washington DC (Capital Area).
18 494 - 500 MHz Pittsburgh, PA., Washington DC (Capital Area).
19 500 - 506 MHz Philadelphia, PA.
20 506 - 512 MHz Los Angeles, CA., Philadelphia, PA.

Sorted by Metro Area

Metropolitan area. Frequency Range (TV Channel)
Boston 470-476 (14), 482-488 (16)
Chicago 470-476 (14), 476-482 (15)
Cleveland¹ 470-476 (14), 476-482 (15)
Dallas-Ft. Worth 482-488 (16)
Detroit¹ 476-482 (15), 482-488 (16)
Houston 488-492 (17)
Los Angeles 470-476 (14), 482-488 (16), 506-512 (20)
Miami 470-476 (14)
New York 470-476 (14), 476-482 (15), 482-488 (16)
Philadelphia 500-506 (19), 506-512 (20)
Pittsburgh 470-476 (14), 494-500 (18)
San Francisco (Bay Area) 482-488 (16), 488-492 (17)
Washington, DC (Capital Area) 488-494 (17), 494-500 (18)


  • ¹- In addition to the above table, the FCC has allocated "non federal" special frequency allocations to the following areas:
City Frequency Range Reference
Cleveland 422.1875-425.4875 MHz 80.5kM (50 Mi) of 41° 29' 51.2 N, 81° 41' 49.5 W
Cleveland 427.1875-429.9875 MHz 80.5kM (50 Mi) of 41° 29' 51.2 N, 81° 41' 49.5 W
Detroit 422.1875-425.4875 MHz 80.5kM (50 Mi) of 42° 19' 48.1 N, 83° 02' 56.7 W
Detroit 427.1875-429.9875 MHz 80.5kM (50 Mi) of 42° 19' 48.1 N, 83° 02' 56.7 W
Buffalo 423.8125-425.4875 MHz 80.5kM (50 Mi) of 42° 52' 52.2 N, 78° 52' 20.1 W
Buffalo 428.8125-429.9875 MHz 80.5kM (50 Mi) of 42° 52' 52.2 N, 78° 52' 20.1 W

(Source FCC spectrum table (pdf))