FEMA Picks AT&T and Verizon as Go-To Carriers
After soliciting bids from the wireless industry, the Federal Emergency Management Administration has selected various services from AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless to serve in case of a future emergency. AT&T will provide FEMA with wireless and Wi-Fi services on a daily basis. Verizon Wireless will be responsible for emergency communications, with Stratus Technologies selected to power satellite communications. The contracts are good for one year, with the option for FEMA to re-up the contracts for an additional four years. AT&T will provide up to 16,000 cell phones, data cards, BlackBerries and PTT phones to government workers. Verizon will stockpile handsets for use in the event of an emergency.
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AT&T today announced the SpareOne Emergency Phone, a simple handset meant purely to serve as a backup phone for critical situations. The SpareOne runs on AA batteries, rather than a rechargeable lithium-polymer power cell.
Verizon, Samsung Offer Small Cell for Improved In-Home Coverage
Verizon Wireless today announced the 4G LTE Network Extender for homes and small businesses. The small box provides LTE coverage in buildings up to about 7,500 square feet, including services such as HD Voice and high-speed data.
iOS 11 Lets Users Temporarily Disable Touch ID
A new setting discovered in iOS allows iPhone owners to quickly and temporarily disable Touch ID. Pressing the power button rapidly five times activates SOS Emergency mode.
Wireless Users May Eventually Receive Government 'Blue Alerts'
The FCC has added a new type of alert to the Emergency Alert System that is specifically meant for law enforcement officers and other first responders. Joining the Amber Alert and Silver Alert, the new Blue Alert can be used by state and local authorities to notify the public of threats to law enforcement and request help in apprehending suspects.
Verizon Picks Up XO's Fiber Network to Beef Up Backhaul
Verizon Communications today said it has agreed to acquire XO Communications' fiber business for $1.8 billion. The deal, says Verizon, will help it serve its enterprise and wholesale customers, as well as allow Verizon to further densify its cellular network.
Why would they choose At&t?
This "Project" has the same dilemma as the Space Shuttle. Your sending people into the most desolate place known to man strapped to a project built by the lowest quality materials for the lowest price.
The american people should ask for the best overall product, regardless of the price, when it comes to our safety. Why do you think the military has such a large budget? Sure, they have plenty of projects that are done on the same basis of lowest bid wins, but imagine how many deals are done under the table by congressman who need projects to be completed in their respective areas and ar...
The point you are all missing, and only a few of you have even touched on, is that this is a "bidding" process... The "winner" is the lowest bidder...
This "Project" has the same dilemma as the Space Shuttle. You
Way to go at&t...
However, they say nothin...
Keep dreaming dude...
You know it says a lot when the Gov picks at&t and Verizon as their primary wireless go to carrier for handsets and service in an emergency. Sorry Sprint but Verizon and at&t are just better...
Sorry Sprint, your days are numbered
Wasn't Sprint the main carrier begging the Government/Fema to go into a contract with them to provide services incase of an emergency?? Why would they choose such an unstable network like Sprint to use during an emergency..