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Sprint sent a letter to President-elect Barack Obama and his incoming administration requesting that $2 billion be set aside specifically for a wireless network serving the nation's first responders. According to Reuters, "Sprint's plan calls for 100 satellite-based light trucks that would respond to emergencies, and 100,000 or more mobile handsets and equipment at up to 40 pre-selected sites." The sites would be able to ship the necessary gear to disaster sites anywhere in the continental U.S. within four hours. Sprint already supplies the network technology, service and handsets used by many of the nation's emergency services agencies. A Sprint spokesperson said, "We feel that the iDEN network would certainly be a good candidate for this program." Sprint hopes to attach the $2 billion to the economic stimulus plan currently moving through congress. Sprint also asked the FCC to reevaluate the the fees for routing telephone calls and Internet services, which are mostly controlled by AT&T and Verizon Communications.
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The funny thing is
AT&T fanboys just randomly attack with little to no (and more often than not the second one) back-up. The VZW people argue that their service is comparable, but it's not for this specific use.
And all those who attack Sprint for this, or say this is like them trying to get their own little bailout are grasping for straws. If any other carrier had proposed the exact same plan, they would have been praised. But because Sprint likes to piss off other carriers with innovation, they get knocked.
So bravo, you follow your formulas.
Wow! You know, if I'm not mistaken, VZW just happens to be one of the more likely carriers to have service within a disaster ...
This solution is unlike any other in the industry as the trucks use a satellite backhaul to connect to the nationwide network. ATT and VZW simply cant do this with any track record...
One thing to remember
I can't wait to see how all the haters will spin this.
Dan Hessy's crew proposes to the President that they GIVE them 2 billion dollars, disguised as funds to set up a First Responder network. Because he's driving both Sprint and Nextel into the ground.
I don't think it has as ...
through all of the threads of this forum.....
Does anyone think the Obama-Nation will approve the request?
Does anyone think the Obama-Nation will approve the request?
Dems are historically not big business friendly. If they are sympathetic towards Sprint maybe they will ask for control like they have don...
Yo At&t and Verizon lovers
The Reason for Nextel vs others
so you are not entirely correct. i...
This solution is unlike any other in the industry as the trucks use a satellite backhaul to connect to the nationwide network. This means that in the affected area, this vehicle is...
Why don't you ask the Firefighters?
I'm a firefighter. I use 2-way radio communications everyday. We also use Nextel phones as NON-emergency communications. More because it's a paradigm we're used to than anything else. IMHO
The true issue is that there are so many different frequencies that we use (VHF & UHF) that we actually have to carry 2 radios on many calls. And that doesn't even allow us to communicate with the police.
I was lucky enough to respond to the aftermath of Katrina as part of the mutual aid response from Illinois. Do you know how many different radio systems were used there? It was a nightma...
Using their Sprint/Nextel Direct connect of course
That's why they use radios now
All 'carrier pride' arguments aside.....
Haters need not respond.
A.) Think Verizon, or AT&T would be a better choice because they are more 'reliable and have more customers....
B.) Think that Sprint is using this as a bailout for it's other projects...(IDEN/WIMAX) and that 2 billion is a lot of money..
C.) Think any ptt service is really comparable to IDEN
Here's why you should not reply...
If you think A... then you are wrong because, the reason the gov't wants a dedicated EMERGENCY service is that it is dedicated to just that. They do not want to SHARE services with everyday users. You may ask why not, AT&T and Verizon have such big great networks. That's part of the problem, in an emergency, their networks would be clogged with all of their customers tryin...
Re: Will Nextel end up with 1900 MHz spectrum?
by Mektah May 6, 2008, 7:04 AM
I doubt it. Sprint will take the 1900 MHz and run w...
Bail - Out....
sprints the best choice
Srpint needs a BOOST?
This concludes our Intro to Capitalism.
FYI - AT&T's Network Disaster Recovery team
http://www.engadget.com/2008/05/29/on-the-ground-wit ... »
Correct me if I am wrong, but I can't find anything that says AT&T did that.
What people are forgetting....
2.) Either way taxpayers are gonna lose out. If the government has to completely set up an entirely new system, which is what they plan to do anyway, it'll cost a lot more than 2 billion.
3.) Yes, this is a ploy by Sprint, however it is a very good one all things considered. Since they already have to switch over the iden spectrum, they may as well offer the entire service over to the government. it solves 2 problems. One, the mistake of partnering with Nextel's incompat...
1.) The government more or less has already decided to use this technology for it's emergency response. Many of you seem to forget that Sprint is already being forced to evacuate (Iden ) spectrum that interfers with c
This situation is unique.
Verizon and ATT can not provide the connectivity demanded under these circumstances with their respective current technology. Nor can T-mobile or Sprint's CDMA side for that matter. IDEN is unique in this abil...
Of OUR money.
The government gets enough of this already, why should we just keep pumping money into something that would not really ever be used?
This equipment would just sit around and become outdated. And with all the liberals already making it rain (with money) to all the businesses who "need" it, yet can't even have ANYONE account for where its going?!
This is an absurd plan. The idea in itself is positive, but is just way too much for something that wouldn't be that effective, or even useful.
Sprint probably saw the opportunity of having its own little bailout and decided to throw this out there in hopes that Obama will pull another TWO BILLION out of his a$$...which is both mine and your ...
I do have a f...