Use of Push-to-Talk Cellular Communications

Cody Harris filed this request with the United States Customs and Border Protection of the United States of America.
Tracking #

CBP-2021-022945

Due Feb. 8, 2021
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Cody Harris

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any policies, directives, training material, descriptions of practices, memoranda, or other guiding material regarding the use of "Push-to-talk" (PTT) cellular telecommunications equipment, systems, and/or services in Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and southern California.

This cellular telecommunication technology is also sometimes known as "iDEN", "Integrated Digital Enhanced Network", or possibly informally as "Nextel". This informal reference to "Nextel" is akin to how photocopiers are often informally referred to as Xerox machines. This FOIA request is not requesting third-party information about Nextel Communications.

This request is specifically interested in push-to-talk communications carried over an iDEN cellular network. Push-to-talk mobile radios are not considered in the scope of this request.

If your agency is not the holder of these records I would be grateful to know which agency this request should be sent to.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Cody Harris

From: United States Customs and Border Protection

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://www.foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/submissionDetails?trackingNumber=CBP-2021-022945&type=request)

* Tracking Number: CBP-2021-022945
* Requester Name: Cody Harris
* Date Submitted: 01/10/2021
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any policies, directives, training material, descriptions of practices, memoranda, or other guiding material regarding the use of "Push-to-talk" (PTT) cellular telecommunications equipment, systems, and/or services in Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and southern California.

This cellular telecommunication technology is also sometimes known as "iDEN", "Integrated Digital Enhanced Network", or possibly informally as "Nextel". This informal reference to "Nextel" is akin to how photocopiers are often informally referred to as Xerox machines. This FOIA request is not requesting third-party information about Nextel Communications.

This request is specifically interested in push-to-talk communications carried over an iDEN cellular network. Push-to-talk mobile radios are not considered in the scope of this request.

If your agency is not the holder of these records I would be grateful to know which agency this request should be sent to.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Cody Harris

From: United States Customs and Border Protection

Cody Harris
MuckRock News DEPT MR 106760
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA, 02144
01/12/2021
CBP-2021-022945
Dear Cody Harris:
This notice acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) received on 01/10/2021.  Please use the following unique FOIA tracking number CBP-2021-022945 to track the status of your request.  If you have not already done so, you must create a FOIAonline account at https://foiaonline.gov.  This is the only method available to check the status of your pending FOIA request. (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/)
Provisions of the Act allow us to recover part of the cost of complying with your request.  We shall charge you for records in accordance with the DHS FOIA regulations outlined on the DHS website, https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/22/2016-28095/freedom-of-information-act-regulations. By submitting your request, you have agreed to pay up to $25.00 in applicable processing fees, if any fees associated with your request exceed this amount, CBP shall contact you; however, the first 100 pages are free. (https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/22/2016-28095/freedom-of-information-act-regulations)
Due to the increasing number of FOIA requests received by this office, we may encounter some delay in processing your request.  Consistent with 6 C.F.R. Part 5 § 5.5(a) of the DHS FOIA regulations, CBP processes FOIA requests according to their order of receipt.  Although CBP’s goal is to respond within 20 business days of receipt of your request, FOIA does permit a 10-day extension of this time period in certain circumstances pursuant to 6 C.F.R. Part 5 § 5.5(c).  [As your request seeks documents that will require a thorough and wide-ranging search, CBP will invoke a 10-day extension for your request pursuant to 6 C.F.R. Part 5 § 5.5(c). If you would like to narrow the scope of your request, please contact our office.  We will make every effort to comply with your request in a timely manner.] OR [As your request seeks a voluminous amount of separate and distinct records, CBP will invoke a 10-day extension for your request pursuant to  6 C.F.R. Part 5 § 5.5(c).  If you would like to narrow the scope of your request, please contact our office.  We will make every effort to comply with your request in a timely manner.] OR [As the subject matter of your request is of substantial interest to two or more components of CBP or of substantial interest to another agency, we will need to consult with those entities before we issue a final response.  Due to these unusual circumstances, CBP will invoke a 10-day extension for your request pursuant to 6 C.F.R. Part 5 § 5.5(c). If you would like to narrow the scope of your request, please contact our office.  We will make every effort to comply with your request in a timely manner.]
CBP’s FOIA Division is working hard to reduce the amount of time necessary to respond to FOIA requests.  We truly appreciate your continued patience.
For additional information please consult CBP FOIA website please click on FOIA Act Resources or visit (http://www.cbp.gov/site-policy-notices/foia) http://www.cbp.gov/site-policy-notices/foia. (http://www.cbp.gov/site-policy-notices/foia)
Sincerely,
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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