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NY cancels contract for emergency worker radio network

State of New York cites technical problems in ending $2.1 billion contract to build out wireless network for emergency workers.

The state of New York has canceled a $2.1 billion contract to build a wireless network for use by statewide emergency workers across, according to The New York Times.

Along with the termination letter to Tyco subsidiary M/A-COM, the state's chief technology officer, Melanie Mayberry-Stewart, complained that M/A-COM had not addressed technical problems in work that was already done, the report said.

The newspaper has reported that state officials are close to ending the project because problems with tests of the network had them worried the system would not work properly.

Lawyers for the contractor said officials were canceling the contract because of political and financial pressure, not for technical reasons.

Plans for the project, which is two years behind schedule, arose after the attacks of September 11, 2001.