FCC and ISED release documents to enhance cross-border communications between Canada and United States
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Canada's Innovation Science and Economic Development (ISED) recently released documents that enhance cross-border communications between the two nations.
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for details about what has been accomplished. Cross-border public safety communications is a complex issue that affects all first responder organizations which operate near the Canada and U.S. border. Fire departments and EMS organizations are frequently asked to cross the national border to render aid. They may be the primary agency assigned to respond to an emergency across the border, or they may be supporting a local agency that needs additional assistance. The FCC has provided guidance to U.S. public safety licensees seeking to: roam into Canada; communicate from the U.S. through base station repeaters in Canada; or host Canadian licensees seeking to communicate through base station repeaters in the United States. The FCC public notice also provides a path for U.S. public safety agencies to seek authorization to operate on frequencies used by Canadian first responders. Looking forward, the continuing efforts of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (
) and the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Council (
) are expected to further enhance public safety interoperability.
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