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Sprint Asks Obama to Set Up $2 Billion First-Responder Network

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This situation is unique.

by Slammer    Jan 17, 2009, 10:09 AM

In one hand you have a struggling carrier making a shallow request for 2 Bil from taxpayers(which is never a good thing). But in the other hand you have the same carrier that owns IDEN(the most respected and perfected network which has proven to be indispensible in crisis's like this). Government and Emergency facilities around the country rely on it. Now we also have to look at Motorola that has provided the handsets for this unique technology. They are now taking a nose dive. This now creates a unique and touchy situation as well.

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 ability and since the Government and Emergency response teams widely use and rely on IDEN, I find this request somewhat expected due to Sprint's financial position. IDEN is most definitely needed to continue the service of this type and Sprint needs the cash to keep it current.

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