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October 2 '07: In Vermont, the Rutherland Herald ran a story from the Associated Press about a new satellite phone system which is being planned for the rural parts of the state to help emergency response officials. The $1 billion system is expected to go online next year and will help "fill in the gaps in radio and cell phone communications."
The network is being built by Reston, VA-based TerreStar Networks whose officials said Vermont location is good for testing.
According to the Herald, "the system will use a satellite to link ground-based phone and data networks as a way to improve cell and broadband coverage. ... A TerreStar phone will be similar to those already in use and existing cell phones or other devices can be fitted for TerreStar service. It would know to switch from traditional cell towers to the satellite when the towers are out of range."
Vermont State Police Capt. Alan Buck said he put his hopes on the new system's ability to connect him to his troopers who may be out in remote parts of the state traditionally cut off from cell phone coverage.
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