Thursday, June 10, 2004

Trust Your Car To The Man Who Wears The Star

The Nevada Highway Patrol has spent ~$30 million on their radio systems, but the FCC may shut them down for neglecting to get any licenses for the frequencies they were camped on. All 140 of them!

NHP had set their equipment on frequencies one employee had decided were "unused", but actually were assigned to railroads and various emergency services. The NHP tried to get the FCC to grandfather their illegal frequency use, but in a rare showing of common sense, the FCC told them to "Get Real!" Fines in the case could be as high as $1 billion. The Nevada legislature voted an emergency $16.5 million last year to fix the system, but it's still hosed. Great coverage by theInquirer.


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