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US and Mexico agree to spectrum sharing deal along joint border

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US and Mexican telecommunications officials have come to an agreement for sharing wireless spectrum along the border between the countries.

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The FCC has announced that US and Mexican telecommunications officials have come to an agreement for sharing the wireless spectrum along the border between the two countries. Two protocols were signed, which deal with the 800MHz and 1.9GHz spectrum bands along the border, and according to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski the deals will enable "the rollout of advanced wireless broadband service and advanced systems for critical public safety and emergency response communications" that will benefit customers on either side. The deal includes a set of technical parameters for operating within 68 miles of the border, and will also allow Sprint to deploy CDMA service in the area. To help operators ease into the transition, the countries also agreed to create a bi-national task force to make sure everything goes smoothly.