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The Court of Massachusetts granted a preliminary injunction Thursday tightens Sprint plan to use the wireless broadband network is used by hundreds of thousands of people, mostly in communities with low incomes.

Sprint representative said that the company “did not agree with the decision of the court” and characterized the legal tangle over the closing in “contract dispute” with non-profit organizations that provide discounted Internet for educational institutions.

At midnight on Thursday, the telecommunications giant was planning to retire older network operating system WiMax, which has long been replaced by the standard LTE. But the judge ruled in favor of the 90-day turn-off delay. A number of schools, libraries and non-profit organizations and individuals still depends on the network will now have more time to transfer to the main network.

Nonprofits Mobile Lighthouse and mobile citizen who offer discounted broadband access using a WiMAX, praised the court’s decision.

“Today, the courts remained a lifeline for communities and families that we serve,” said Catherine Messier, Managing Director of Mobile Beacon. “We hope that the current Sprint will work with us to make sure the elderly, the disabled, students and other vulnerable groups who rely on our service can go in LTE quickly and avoid any disruption in service.”

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Sprint’s press secretary Marcy Verbrugge-Rind said the company “hopes that the mobile lighthouse and mobile citizen will be at this time to collaborate with Sprint, to resolve a contract dispute” and said the company “chose not to move their customers LTE. “

” Our goal is to make our [educational] partners and our customers can take advantage of the best 4G LTE Advanced broadband services Sprint, as soon as possible, “she said.

Mobile Beacon Mobile Citizen and say that they share the purpose and challenge that they have chosen not to switch their users. The organizations say Sprint is responsible for the migration delay, the creation of “barriers” for a smooth transition of the network, for example, saying the devices necessary to access the LTE network “in stock” or not. Sprint declined to comment on the inventory products.

John Schwarz, founder and president of Mobile Citizen, said the ban “makes Sprint in honor of his professed commitment to bridging the digital divide.”

By this, Verbrugge-Rind said Sprint has been “a leader in providing access Internet for many years, including schools, non-profit and disadvantaged “grants and programs of digital access.” Recording Sprint programs for bridging the digital divide proves that cares about providing as many customers as possible connected at all times ” , she said.

The judge’s decision on Thursday will not affect the retail customers of the operator Sprint, and the company is reviewing the decision.