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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Communications Company May Sue New York

News: 01/10/09 - Wireless Company May Sue New York

The company that wants to build a $2 billion statewide emergency wireless communications system is threatening to sue New York State if it is not given the go-ahead to build the network beyond Erie and Chautauqua counties.

M/A-COM has sent a letter to the Paterson administration warning of the legal ramifications if it does not get the broader contract to build the system in the rest of the state. The project was approved, contingent upon the system passing a series of communications requirements in Erie and Chautauqua counties.

In August, a round of tests found 19 flaws and the state indicated it would not expand the system if it didn't pass one last round of reviews last fall. The idea was pushed along after the 2001 terrorist attacks, and again following communication lapses during the 2006 police manhunt in for fugitive Ralph "Bucky" Phillips.

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