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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #699
                     Sunday, August 7, 2005
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2005, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  U.S. AND MEXICO SIGN BORDER SPECTRUM ACCORDS
  Every so often, high level officials from the U.S. and
Mexico meet to discuss radio communications matters of mutual
importance, and they sign spectrum accords affecting the U.S./
Mexican border zone.  Some of these accords take years to hammer
out, so these meetings are monumental.  Last year, the "U.S. -
Mexico High Level Consultative Commission" - or "HLCC" for short
- met for just the sixth time ever, but they promised to kick
things into high gear by meeting again this year.
  Not a word about this year's meeting appeared in the
FCC's Daily Digest as far as we can tell, but a sharp-eyed CGC
Communicator reader spotted this gem on the U.S. Department of
State's Web site:  The seventh meeting of the HLCC has just
concluded.  The HLCC met in Mexico City on July 26 and 27,
and was attended by U.S. Ambassador David Gross, FCC Chairman
Kevin Martin and several other luminaries.  You are among the
first to know.
  While alleviating interference to public safety radio
channels was one important theme, broadcasters were told that
work on an agreement to protect TV Channel 6 reception from FM
broadcast interference is continuing "with a view to developing
an instrument that best satisfies the needs of both
Administrations."  We were told that there are also continuing
discussions on processing specially negotiated TV station
coordination requests, including requests from LPTVs.  And both
administrations are continuing to exchange and examine
information on the introduction of terrestrial digital radio
broadcasting, which presumably means IBOC in the U.S.  Other
items are mentioned too, but the above are very important.
  With respect to land-mobile radio, too few agreements exist
(particularly below about 500 MHz) where spectrum assignments
for each country are clearly defined.  So, for example, Jose
Garcia, fighting a fire in Mexico, might be interrupted by Joe's
Taxi Service in the U.S., and vice versa.  Now, new agreements
are being created to solve these sorts of problems thanks to a
fresh and ambitious outlook from both administrations.  The 380
and 406 MHz Protocols below are probably templates for things
to come.
  Much more could be said, but check out the Department
of State documents for yourself.  Our thanks to the many
communications experts on both sides of the border who have
worked tirelessly to bring these agreements about, and will
undoubtedly work hard again over the next several months
to further improve the state of communications affairs.
  Media Note
  http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2005/50826.htm
  Joint Statement by the U.S.-Mexico HLCC
  http://www.state.gov/e/eb/rls/othr/2005/50772.htm
  Directory of Bilateral Issues (The Big Picture)
  http://www.state.gov/e/eb/rls/othr/2005/50777.htm
  Protocol to Share the 380-399.9 MHz Band
  http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/50884.pdf
  Protocol to Share the 406.1-420 MHz Band
  http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/50885.pdf
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