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Basic Trading Area (BTA)

A BTA is a geographical area used to determine where a personal communications service can operate. The Rand McNally 1992 Commercial Atlas and Marketing Guide coined the term. The FCC uses BTAs to issue 800MHz licenses to mobile service providers in: -United States -Puerto Rico -Guam -American Samoa -Northern Mariana Islands -U.S. Virgin Islands Each metropolitan trading area (MTA) comprises several BTAs. For example, Minneapolis—St. Paul. As of 2021, there are 487 BTAs in the U.S., according to the FCC.

What Small and Midsize Businesses Need to Know About Basic Trading Area (BTA)

SMBs that specialize in broadband or mobile services have to adhere to BTA and MTA rules when filing for communications licenses, such as where a Personal Communications Service can operate.

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