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[–] GoddamnedBats 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

I always assumed fire/police departments and other critical places had some kind of super government only internet and phone stuff.

[–] spookybm 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

You have never worked for the government

[–] glassuser 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Nope. In fact, local governments were going to have their own cell band ("band 14" in the recently-freed 700 MHz spectrum range). But the commercial carriers convinced the FCC that they could do it better and that the local agencies didn't need a chance to try it, and it was revoked and sold off to providers like Verizon in early 2018.

This seems to be a good overview: http://sirn.wv.gov/governance/technical/broadband/Documents/WV%20Broadband%20Brief%20-%20Morning_Final%20v2.pdf

[–] GoddamnedBats 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Neato. Thanks for the info.