I'm starting to get the impression that the major costs associated with running an encrypted system are actually related to key management and user support.More then likely all new radios with P25 and ENC boards but the boards will be activated later on after they get the bugs out of the system and all equipment is converted. Thats my guess
I don't know where you get your information from but a key costs $0 and it doesn't have to be ordered from Motorola. The last thing most Public Safety agencies would want is for a 3rd party to have access to their keys. Better to generate and keep the keys in house.Keys are expensive kind of like buying XP from Microsoft your required to buy a license for each machine. Same theroy with Motorola, now from what i have heard a key costs $700 us per unit so if you have 500 mobiles and 500 HH that's 1000 key licenses if they only use one key.