H. Rept. 115-963, Part 1: Secure Border Communications Act, Report to Accompany H.R. 6742, September 25, 2018 [open pdf - 305KB]
From the Purpose and Summary: "The purpose of H.R. 6742, the Secure Border Communications Act, is to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require that the Secretary of Homeland Security ensure appropriate officers and agents of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are equipped with secure radios or other two-way communication devices, supported by system interoperability. The bill requires that CBP communication devices allow officers and agents to communicate between ports of entry and inspection stations, and with other Federal, State, Tribal, and local law enforcement entities operating in the same area of responsibility. In addition, the bill requires that Border Patrol Agents operating in remote mission critical locations and at border checkpoints be outfitted with multi- or dual-band encrypted portable radios. The radios and communication devices acquired by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shall have the option to connect to appropriate commercial mobile broadband networks when feasible. The Secretary may evaluate new or emerging communication technology to determine whether they are suitable for border security operational needs as well."
H. Rept. 115-963, Part 1; House Report 115-963, Part 1
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