It's still $400 million regardless of how much you make, but NTP refused $450 and the media seems to think NTP wants $1B and everyone except them hopes they get $0.
I agree it never will happen though, worse case is RIM will impliment the workaround, and BB not capable of upgrading the software could go dead, if the government allows it to go that far.
I still don't think there is a true way to determine a "first respond" list. Sure RIM could easily exclude anyone that ends in .gov but I bet that only covers about 20% of the government employees and first respond people. After all a large part of Emergency personal are not government employees and the ones that are, may not have .gov addresses, especially on the local level.