How Was "Sprint" Named?
Sprint Nextel Corporation is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world. With 51.7 million subscribers, Sprint Nextel operates the third largest wireless telecommunications network in the United States (based on total wireless customers), behind Cingular Wireless and Verizon Wireless. Sprint is a global Tier 1 Internet carrier, and, as such, makes up a portion of the Internet backbone. In the United States, the company also operates the largest wireless broadband network and is the third largest long distance provider.
Sprint was named from its parent company, Southern Pacific Railroad INTernal Communications. Back in those days pipelines and railroad tracks were the cheapest place to lay communications lines, as the right-of-way was already leased or owned.
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