National Public Safety Telecommunications Council
People and Vehicles : Firefighter, Policeman, Police cruiser, Ambulance
Vehicles : Fire truck, Ambulance, Police boat
People : Policemen
Towers : Towers on a ridge
Computers : monitor array
Cross Border Working Group
Cross Border Communications between U.S. and Canada
Agreement improves cross border communications between the U.S. and Canada.  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Canada's Innovation Science and Economic Development (ISED) jointly released documents related to cross border communications. The FCC Public Notice provides guidance to U.S. public safety licensees seeking to: (1) roam into Canada; (2) communicate from the U.S. through base station repeaters in Canada; or (3) host Canadian licensees seeking to communicate through base station repeaters in the United States.  Canada's Cross-Border Communication for Public Safety Licensees notice provides guidance to Canadian public safety agencies seeking to place base stations in the U.S.  The FCC Public Notice also provides a path for U.S. public safety agencies to operate on Canadian frequencies used by Canadian first responders, which was previously considered to be an ineligible activity.
It is significant to note that regulatory solutions have now been created for all three cross border radio scenarios that were previously identified by U.S. and Canadian first responders.  This recent agreement provides guidance on the placement and usage of base stations located in Canada to support local public safety operations as well as interoperability.  Last year, the FCC and ISED provided regulatory guidance that allows the use of mobile and portable radios at, and across, the international border.  The Cross Border Outreach document created by NPSTC and the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG) explains exactly what the treaty allows in simple, concrete terms and provides website addresses for further information.
Group Work
Recent Activities and Accomplishments
September 01, 2018
Completed Work
Focus on the mitigation of communications issues involving public safety operations in the United States border areas, and proactively work in international regulatory realms to facilitate more effective communications in these border areas.
  • Work with Canada and Mexico to help facilitate timely and effective international allocation, regulation, and sharing of 700 MHz spectrum
  • Provide documentation of NPSTC’s positions in related regulatory matters and filings
  • Assist NPSTC and the public safety community with the border region aspects of the 800 MHz rebanding efforts
  • Serve as a focal point for border area public safety communications issues in all bands, as they arise.
  • Southern and Northern Border Task Force Proposed Plan
    Border Issues
    Industry Canada Links