This week at the Tenth Meeting of the U.S.-Mexico High Level Consultative Commission on Telecommunications (HLCC) in Washington, senior level telecommunications officials of the two governments signed a new protocol to reduce the possibility of cross border radio interference between public safety organizations in both countries as they begin employing a new radio frequency band (4940-4990 MHz ) for broadband fixed and mobile use in the common border area.
The protocol was signed by Ambassador Philip L. Verveer, U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy of the U.S. Department of State, Luz Maria Gabriela Hernandez Cardoso, Under Secretary of the Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transportation, and Hector G. Osuna Jaime, Chairman of Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Commission.
The signing of the protocol is the culmination of over two years of bilateral discussions to find the appropriate technical mechanisms to achieve cross border compatibility for public safety organizations in both countries. In January 2008, the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (a U.S. public safety consensus council made up of 14 national public safety organizations), in presentations to the U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy, included the 4940-4990 MHz band as one of its top five priority bands used by public safety organizations nationwide that needed to be added to the work of the HLCC looking toward a new bilateral agreement for the band. The discussions with Mexico were led by the U.S. Department of State.
Additional information regarding the HLCC and its continuing activities is contained in the Joint Statement and Directory of Bilateral Issues 2009-2010 issued at the meeting this week. The two documents and the text of the signed protocol are available at http://www.state.gov/e/eb/rls/othr/telecom/133074.htm. For technical information, contact William H. (Hal) Grigsby, International Communications and Information Policy Office of Bilateral and Regional Affairs, at 202-647-2723.
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