It’s the kind of issue that rarely gets big headlines or becomes the lead story on the evening news.
However, Houston Mayor Annise Parker and city council members are on the brink of making a major decision that will have a huge impact on emergency communications for the city and your pocketbook.
The issue is a proposed new and lucrative wireless communications contract.
The choices are Sprint and AT&T, both well-respected companies.
The company that is chosen will provide everything from phones, radio dispatch and emergency communications for the city during hurricane season or other potential disasters.
Mayor Parker supports Sprint, because she believes it will deliver faster and more reliable service, including emergency communications, at a $3 Million costs savings to taxpayers.
To drive home the point, Sprint parked its ERT truck outside City Hall this week.
However, some council members support AT&T.
AT&T is also being pushed by the CWA, Communications Workers of America.
There is also a bit of controversy surrounding this decision. Earlier this month, Mayor Parker’s campaign treasurer, David Arpin, was hired by Sprint to lobby city hall on its behalf.
Mayor Parker replaced Arpin as her campaign treasurer and insisted he would not influence her decision.