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

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Why don't you ask the Firefighters?


Jan 18, 2009, 1:31 PM
While almost all of the discussion here has concentrated on the "Big 3" networks and who's the best and who's the worst the real issue is fallen by the wayside.

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...

Jan 18, 2009, 1:36 PM
the Congress where all the firefighters ran the government would get it done instantly!

Using their Sprint/Nextel Direct connect of course

Jan 18, 2009, 1:38 PM
Thanks! LOL

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