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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

IN Report No. 97-34 INTERNATIONAL ACTION October 17, 1997


On Thursday, October 16 in Mexico City, the United States and Mexican Governments signed the Protocol Concerning the Transmission and Reception of Signals From Satellites for the Provision of Fixed-Satellite Services in the United States of America and the United Mexican States. This Fixed-Satellite Service (FSS) Protocol is the second Protocol signed under the U.S-Mexican Satellite Services Agreement of April 1996. In November 1996, the United States and Mexico concluded the Protocol on direct-to-home (DTH) satellite services.

The Protocol will allow U.S. and Mexican satellites to provide fixed-satellite services into both countries, using FSS frequency bands (including the C-, Ku-, and Ka-bands). Under the Protocol U.S. satellites may provide international fixed-satellite services to and from Mexico immediately and domestic fixed-satellite services within Mexico on the earlier date of January 1, 1999 (three years earlier than Mexico committed to under the February 1997 WTO Agreement on Basic Telecommunications Services), or the date on which the Morelos II replacement satellite becomes operational. Under last year's Protocol on DTH services, U.S. satellites may provide the cable headend as of next month.

The Protocol further demonstrates the commitment that the United States and Mexico share in enhancing satellite competition in our national markets through the introduction of new services provided by U.S. and Mexican satellites.

The parties expect to commence discussion shortly on a third Protocol, to address mobile-satellite services.

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