Originally Posted by kb2vxa
Well, looks like Kansas has Dickinson over a barrel but face it, Robert A. Heinlein said it long ago; TANSTFL. There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.
They have just about every county in this state over the barrel. We were all told in the last 7 years that there would be no charges other than for the leasing, renting or purchasing radios to work on the system. Most of the counties in Kansas that jumped on board the system are small enough and don't have the budgets to pay a fee like this. Of significance and concern to me is the fact that the Regional Councils were asked for funds to finish out several of the towers in the last couple years.
Another big step backwards in the realm of interoperability. As a COML for our Type III Incident Management team here, it is going to be a sad day. The state might see this as a cash cow, but in the long run they are going to lose so many people. I have read of four other counties who have submitted letters to the state. There is also the military folks who are using this system and are not going to want to pay for the privileges.