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U.S. Department of State
96/11/12 Statement: U.S.-Mexico Sign Telecommunications Protocol
Office of the Spokesman
Press Statement by Glyn Davies/Acting Spokesman
November 12, 1996
U.S.-Mexico Sign Telecommunications Protocol
On November 8, 1996, Ambassador Vonya B. McCann, U.S. Coordinator for
International Communications and Information Policy, and Reed Hundt,
Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, signed on behalf of
the United States Government a protocol with the Government of Mexico
that will expand opportunities for the consumers of both countries to
receive video programming using the latest satellite technologies.
This "Protocol Concerning the Transmission and Reception of Signals from
Satellites for the Provision of Direct-to-Home Satellite Services in the
United States and the United Mexican States" establishes the conditions
and technical criteria for the use of satellites licensed by the United
States and Mexico for the purposes of delivering video services to,
from, and within the territories of both countries.
The negotiations that led to this important arrangement were done
pursuant to an April 1996 bilateral satellite services agreement.
In reaching this historic agreement, Ambassador McCann stated that "this
Protocol will expand market opportunities for satellite and video
program providers on both sides of the border. By minimizing
restrictions on program content, this Protocol also sets an important
precedent for the provision of video services around the world. The
United States looks forward to working with other countries to conclude
similar Direct-to-Home (DTH) agreements which will expand trade, create
new job opportunities, and facilitate international communications."
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