The $47 Billion Network That’s Already Obsolete

The prize for the most wasteful post-9/11 initiative arguably should go to FirstNet—a whole new agency set up to provide a telecommunications system exclusively for firefighters, police, and other first responders. They would communicate on bandwidth worth billions of dollars in the commercial market but now reserved by the Federal Communications Commission for FirstNet.

  • 2maxpower

    I have heard that FirstNet will have a very high microwave output that will harm peoples health.

    maybe it really isn’t about communictions.

  • FactsWillOut

    This is what happens when the government does something that the private sector should do.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Technology has evolved rapidly.
    Anything designed fifteen years ago is obsolete.

    • FactsWillOut

      That’s why telecom companies get stuff that is scalable and upgradeable.
      There are lots of pieces of network infrastructure that are 15 years old.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I know.
        I have to maintain it.