reply to BiggA
Re: Who's paying for this? and there is a reason they don't use CellCo or another carrier. For starters it is NOT 100% totally secure. For the President to have hi own Blackberry they had to have one created for him with special security extras that were NOT available from Verizon Wireless or anyone else. This is also the reason why the Military is also starting to create their own Android based smart phones.
If the gov't builds this network for them they can control it. The same as the 911 network.
The government building and paying for a cell network makes no sense. If you need security, encrypt it. That's how the Sectera Edge works, which is how the president communicates classified information over public cell networks.
Well remember even its secure it can be hacked still just like how anny hacked that FBI call so really there is really noting can be done to secure it.