WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – 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.”
Obama’s transition team has sought ideas from industry to solve communications problems that surfaced during disasters like the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States and Hurricane Katrina.
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