U.S. and Mexico Agree on Cross-Border Communications Network
September 22, 2009
and Mexican officials have hammered out the basis for a cross-border
communications network. The protocol was outlined and signed earlier this month
for carving out the radio frequency, identifying available infrastructure and
building out where necessary. A figure of $7 million has been attached to the
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the
Department of Homeland Security are in charge on the U.S. side; the Secretariat
of Communications and Transportation and the Secretariat of Public Security are
Mexico’s designated agencies. The Federal Communications Commission and the
State Department will participate as well on a developmental working group.
The working group is charged with inviting all necessary parties to the table,
and coming up with a plan to install, operate and maintain the network.
Existing, fixed terrestrial links will have to be identified; federal, state
and local agencies invited to participate; and experts consulted. The NTIA and
Mexico’s SCT will also have to work out a spectrum plan for the network to
prevent interference to it and to existing assignments.
No specific timeline was identified for construction nor completion.
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More on the RF border issues:
“Protocol Concerning the Use of
Radio Frequencies by Certain Fixed Terrestrial Links Constituting a Cross
Border Public Security Communications Network Along the Common Border,” document, at
the U.S. Department of State Web site.
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