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COM's implementation efforts and for a maintenance manual that BAH and M/A-COM produced. 7' Port
Authority also argues that Sprint should bear the financial responsibility for the back-to-back system
because Sprint "reaped the [cost-saving] benefits in that many Region 8 public safety entities had access
to this Mutual Aid back-to-back solution."''-
32. Sprint Position. Sprint questions whether the need for a back-up system to preserve mutual
aid capability was unforeseeable at the time the FRA was negotiated.73 Sprint concedes that it has paid
other incumbent licensees to implement back-to-back capability.74 It argues, however, that BAH and
M/A-COM spent excessive time and "wasted many hundreds of hours exploring 'solutions' that did not
work."'75 Thereafter, Port Authority sought Sprint's guidance and Sprint provided "a workable
solution."76 Sprint contends that had it been consulted earlier, it "could have offered a viable solution and
the Port could have avoided incurring entirely unnecessary costs associated with its choice of vendor and
apparently lax oversight.'77 Finally, Sprint disputes that the cost savings of providing Region 8 licensees
with access to the back-to-back solution justify paying BAH and M/A-COM "for work that could have
been avoided or at the very least been done far more efficiently."78 Sprint offers to pay $8,400 for 48
hours of M/A-COM's engineering effort and nothing for BAH's involvement.
4. AirTrain Radio Difficulties
33. Port Authority Position. Port Authority states that while the FRA allotted $257.908 to
Bombardier Transportation (U.S) for rebanding the Kennedy Airport AirTrain radios, the actual cost was
only $206,125, resulting in a savings of $51,782 to Sprint.'( Port Authority asserts that it paid M/A-COM
$28,700 to "coordinate" rebanding of the AirTrain radios8s and that Sprint should reimburse Port
Authority for that amount. Port Authority adds that "had an alternative method to make the Kennedy
Airport AirTrain MDRs functionally rebandable not occurred, it probably would have cost Nextel
approximately $1,000,000 additionally to supply alternate hardware that would operate on the emergency
communication system for the Kennedy Airport AirTrain.''"8
34. With respect to AirTrain's emergency communications system at Newark Airport, Port
Authority submits that only half of the radios could be rebanded and the other half required replacement.82
The replacement radios, however, required a software change so that they could provide audio and control
signals through the radio "backplane."83 Port Authority concedes that Sprint did not have to expend
72 Id.: Port Authority Reply at 15.
73 Sprint PRM at 20.
77 Sprint PRM at 21.
79 Port Authority PRM at 12.
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