Comments on news posted 2012-02-21 08:44:55: Back in September the National Preparedness Group released a report stating that national U.S. emergency networks still aren't up to snuff a decade after the events of 9/11 and recommendations by the 9/11 Commission. ..
and there is a reason they don't use CellCo or another carrier. For starters it is NOT 100% totally secure. For the President to have hi own Blackberry they had to have one created for him with special security extras that were NOT available from Verizon Wireless or anyone else. This is also the reason why the Military is also starting to create their own Android based smart phones.
If the gov't builds this network for them they can control it. The same as the 911 network.
The government building and paying for a cell network makes no sense. If you need security, encrypt it. That's how the Sectera Edge works, which is how the president communicates classified information over public cell networks.
Well in the "Public Safety" world, cellular for Radio communications is considered unreliable during a catastrophic event. If you recall the disruptions in Cell service during Major events, you can understand why they will not go that way. I work in Public Safety, so that is what the concern is. As far as the funding for this? I have already heard that many Broadcasters will NOT surrender their Spectrum. If that is the case, then there will be zero auctions and zero funding. So lets just wait and see.
That makes no sense. If they're worried about reliability, pay Verizon to set up QoS for them, and keep the network up to Verizon's own apocalypse-proof specs, or if they were going to build the emergency network to be even more robust, then pay Verizon to upgrade their network. It would be a LOT cheaper, and would give regular citizens access too.