2003 Adopted Resolutions
71st Annual Meeting
Denver

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RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF BORDER FREE LOCAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS CALLING

WHEREAS, affordable communications between border communities is integral to the coordinated movement of people, goods and services; and

WHEREAS, communities along the Canadian border have been the beneficiaries of such affordable communications, including some locales in which cross-border calls in some instances are priced the same as local calls; and

WHEREAS, due to Mexican telecommunications policies that protect Telmex, the formerly state-owned telecommunications utility, United States communities on the Mexico border must pay international settlement charges which are among the highest in the world. For example, it is cheaper for a United States resident on the Mexico border to call anyone in Canada or most folks in Europe, than it is to call a citizen less than a half mile away in Mexico; and

WHEREAS, because of these protectionist policies that make legal calls so expensive, there has been a proliferation of illegal wireless calls at the border resulting in interference with public safety cellular use; and

WHEREAS, the Federal Communications Commission and the United States Trade Representative have expressed their support for affordable cross-border calling plans, but the Government of Mexico has refused to amend its policies,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors thanks the Federal Communications Commission and the United States Trade Representative for their past efforts and requests that they continue to press Mexico to open its telecommunications market; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be translated into Spanish and forwarded to The Mexican Association of Municipalities (Associacion de Municipios de Mexico) requesting their assistance and support for lower calling rates between our citizens and businesses.