Sprint and NetAmerica Form Shared Network Alliance

              Sprint and NetAmerica Form Shared Network Alliance

Comprehensive Solution Arms Rural Carriers to Compete in 4G LTE Mobility

PR Newswire

DALLAS, March 27, 2014

DALLAS, March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --NetAmerica Alliance, LLC and Sprint
today announced the formation of a shared network alliance which provides
NetAmerica Members (rural communications service providers) the capabilities
they need to compete and thrive in delivering 4G LTE mobile broadband services
to their communities.

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This groundbreaking initiative called SMART (Small Market Alliance for Rural
Transformation) is a shared network alliance where Sprint will provide
competitive wireless service providers with access to 800 MHz and 1900 MHz
spectrum, national reach on Sprint's network, and access to the Sprint device
ecosystem. These three key components will help rural carriers overcome
historical barriers that have prevented them from providing a viable 4G LTE
mobile service offering in their markets. In turn, NetAmerica Members will
build local 4G LTE mobile broadband networks (Sprint Network Vision-
compliant) and will share those networks with Sprint. Sprint will also share
its network (nationwide) with NetAmerica Members. The local wireless networks
will use integrated LTE core capability delivered by both Sprint and
NetAmerica, thereby providing a Tier-1 carrier service experience to rural
consumers. This win-win solution enables rural wireless providers to compete
on a level playing field with Verizon and AT&T while giving Sprint a cost
effective way to rapidly extend its coverage into rural areas of the country.

"SMART is a turning point in the communications industry and it protects the
future of rural service providers and the communities they serve," said
NetAmerica Alliance Chairman and CEO, Roger Hutton. "Until NetAmerica and
Sprint launched SMART, rural providers had no ecosystem of compatible
services, LTE mobile handsets, or spectrum; as a result, they were being
precluded from competing because of the closed system perpetuated by the
duopoly. Today, for rural service providers, all of that changes. We are
proud to be aligned with Sprint allowing us to fulfill our founding promise of
preserving the proud legacy of the independent rural carrier and enabling
rural citizens to live and work where they choose without compromise."

"Our relationship with NetAmerica and delivering SMART is a win for Sprint,
for our customers, for rural America, and for competition," said Stephen Bye,
chief technology officer at Sprint. "Through this shared network alliance, we
are able to deliver a Sprint Vision-compliant network nationwide, faster and
more cost effectively than if we built it by ourselves while simultaneously
being a champion for competition in rural areas and across America."

NetAmerica will begin formally offering the SMART solution to selected rural
carriers immediately and anticipates network deployments later this year.

About NetAmerica Alliance:

The NetAmerica Alliance is a democratic, peer-to-peer union of independent
Communication Service Providers (CSPs) joining forces to secure the future of
rural America. Through the programs, services, capabilities, and investment in
infrastructure with which the Alliance arms its Members, and the manner in
which they work for their individual and collective success, NetAmerica helps
to mitigate business and technology risk to yield successful and profitable
deployment of 4G LTE service. The Alliance believes in rural America and in
the virtues of independence, community, and family. We also believe that
irrespective of geography, every individual should have access to modern
communications services that maintain those valuable connections. For more
information, visit: www.NetAmericaAlliance.com.

About Sprint:

Sprint (NYSE: S) offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline
communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers,
businesses and government users. Sprint served more than 55 million customers
at the end of 2013 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and
deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service
from a national carrier in the United States; leading prepaid brands including
Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and
international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet
backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint as the most
improved company in customer satisfaction, across all 47 industries, during
the last five years. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability
Index (DJSI) North America in 2011, 2012 and 2013. You can learn more and
visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and
www.twitter.com/sprint.

Media Contact for NetAmerica Alliance:
Ginny Gardea
Director of Marketing
NetAmerica Alliance, LLC
Ginny.Gardea@NetAmericaAlliance.com
www.NetAmericaAlliance.com
(503) 314-1056

Media Contact for Sprint:
John Taylor
(703) 592-8530
John.B.Taylor@sprint.com

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SOURCE NetAmerica Alliance

Website: http://www.netAmericaAlliance.com
Website: http://www.sprint.com
 
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