After lagging for a few years behind
T-Mobile and Cingular in the rollout out of Wireless Priority Service for emergency personnel, Verizon Wireless is
finally jumping onto the bandwagon and our rolling out the standard on their network. The service gives call priority
to emergency personnel and government officials during times of emergency, when the lines can be quickly choked up with
wireless users. So far Verizon has only enabled WPS in a few areas, including Washington D.C., but they hope to complete
the rollout by the end of the year. The Bush administration accelerated efforts to get WPS nationwide since 9/11, and
while Nextel had some efforts underway at time of acquisition, Sprint Nextel still hasn't added WPS to their network,
though it is in the works.
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