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Sprint Completes Voluntary Telecommunications Services Priority Program Enrollment for Relay Network


OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — 11/14/2005, Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced that it has completed the final milestone in enrolling Sprint’s telecommunications relay service (TRS) in the FCC’s Telecommunications Service Priority (TSP) Program. Sprint TRS, communications services available for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability, is comprised of a network of call centers geographically disbursed throughout the United States. Effective Oct. 31, 2005, all 14 Sprint Relay call centers were successfully activated under the TSP Program.

“In less than five months, we were able to complete the implementation of the FCC’s TSP program,” said Mike Ligas, director of Sprint Relay. “Sprint is dedicated to providing effective communications services for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and we recognized the urgency to ensure reliable communications during emergency situations.”

In 1988, TSP program was established to prioritize the restoration of telephone service to critical facilities and agencies at times when telecommunications companies are typically overburdened with service requests, such as after a natural disaster. In the event of a regional or national crisis, the program restores telephone services most critical to national and homeland security on a priority basis.

Sprint Relay Portfolio of Services
Sprint more than15 years of experience in providing relay services to persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or deaf-blind or who have a speech disability to communicate with hearing persons on the phone. Sprint offers relay services through an intelligent platform to the federal government, 31 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and New Zealand. Sprint’s experience in the field provides the assurance that all Sprint Relay services will meet or exceed Federal Communications Commission requirements for telecommunications relay services (TRS). Relay service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with no restrictions on the number of calls placed or call length. For more information, visit

About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business and government customers. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two robust wireless networks offering industry leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and an award-winning and global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit


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