Sprint Asks Obama to Set Up $2 Billion First-Responder Network
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 incompatible network, 2, the fact that eventually they are gonna lose the spectrum anyway. The one advantage that Sprint has over all other companies is that their service push to talk , dcs still works with the original iden service. With the new boost unlimited for 50.00 those who want to keep their original service can easily move over, and if you ever look at the boost prepaid phones they actually cost less than the same modeled Nextel/Sprint phone. It's win-win-win-win. Sprint wins because they get the immediate funds they need to stay afloat, Iden customer win because they get to get somewhat from under Sprint's policy by switching to boost and the new 50.00 Unlimited plan,(boost offers same coverage as Iden/Nextel so they do not lose out there.) The government wins because instead of wasting time deciding which system they will use, they will already have a pre-built system to use including priority services i.e, the Iden wt system can have priories set, so if multiple people are in a group chat you can determine who get's master control so to speak. Tax payers win because the money essentially will come from money that's we're already gonna end up paying for. In case you haven't heard the bailout will in teh end be on teh shoulders of the taxpayers. Also as I said before, regardless if they take this deal, the government will be setting up an emergency program, if they have to start from scratch it'll cost a lot more in the end.