OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 2, 2008--Below is a statement from Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) on the U.S. Court of Appeals review of the Federal Communications Commission 3rd Memorandum Opinion and Order on the 800MHz reconfiguration. The statement is attributable to Sprint.
Sprint is disappointed with the court’s decision. Sprint has been and continues to be committed to working with public safety to eliminate the risk of interference for public-safety communications. However, more than 500 public-safety agencies have requested more time -- in many cases, years -- to complete their retuning activities. Sprint has agreed to provide spectrum to public-safety licensees within 60 days of when they are ready to retune. In addition, we have requested waivers to remain on these channels pending these retunes.
We remain hopeful that we will be able to resolve this issue in a manner that balances the 800 MHz reconfiguration with the needs of our customers -- especially the 3 million public-safety customers who rely on our iDEN network.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two robust wireless networks serving approximately 54 million customers at the end of 2007; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
CONTACT: Sprint Nextel Media contact: Scott Sloat, 703-675-3794 Scott.Sloat@sprint.com
SOURCE: Sprint Nextel