Worldwide Cooperation with Mexico for a Effective Incentive Auction

Coordinating with Mexico and Canada to harmonize our TV plus wireless spectrum bands is a critical component of meeting the Commission’s objectives for the Incentive Auction. We are thrilled to be able to report some exciting progress on this front.

A week ago, the Mexican communications regulator, the Instituto Federal sobre Telecomunicaciones (IFT), confirmed through an exchange of technical dexterity letters with the FCC that our two agencies intend to follow common suggestions for repacking TV stations which will clear 600 MHz spectrum designed for mobile broadband use in both countries.

Last year, Mexico introduced its plan to relocate all of the television stations below channel 37, and this exchange of letters outlines the procedures by which we will interact to help advance the ongoing FCC and IFT spectrum reconfiguration process. They also describe the procedures by which the two agencies intend to help progress both Mexico’s analog-to-digital transition as well as the ongoing FCC and IFT range reconfiguration process.

That, these steps are another milestone on the road to a successful Incentive Auction. Many thanks to our alternatives at IFT for their hard work plus cooperate efforts to reach this point.

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