OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) _ Sprint Nextel has avoided a deadline
that could have forced it to drop service to millions of Nextel
Sprint had faced a deadline of next Thursday to stop using wireless channels used by its Nextel network because the channels were supposed to go to public safety agencies. Those agencies said they wouldn't be ready to switch to the lines by next Thursday.
The Federal Communications Commission Thursday granted Sprint a waiver of the deadline. Sprint is still required to hand over the channels within 60 days of a public safety agency saying it's ready to make the
Sprint has run into numerous delays while trying to switch the lines. Around 16 million customers use the Nextel network.