Sprint pitches $2B emergency network to Obama


Reuters

WASHINGTON — Sprint Nextel Corp (S.N), the third biggest U.S. wireless company, wants the government to fund a $2 billion emergency network to make first responders better able to communicate during disasters.

The company, a major supplier of equipment including push-to-talk phones used by police and fire departments, pitched its 5-year plan to President-elect Barack Obama's transition team in a letter on Jan. 6, which was made public on Friday.

A Sprint official described it as a "ready to deploy emergency communications system that can be programmed to be interoperable with existing public safety networks."

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