Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT) has won a five-year contract to empower the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) with a new set of networking capabilities.
Serving over 700 government agencies, educational institutions and enterprises throughout Texas, the DIR will be able to extend the service provider's Internet and transport services, including dedicated Internet access (DIA), Internet protocol virtual private network (IP/VPN) and Ethernet private line (EPL) to eligible organizations.
Given the tight budgets that local government agencies are faced with, DIR said that the Level 3 agreement will enable its member agencies to "solve their critical communications challenges" and offer an alternative service provider option to area incumbents like AT&T (NYSE: T).
Karen W. Robinson, chief technology officer for the state of Texas, said that "Advanced technologies can help us dramatically improve the ability of state agencies, academic institutions and governmental entities to meet the needs of all of the state's constituents quickly and effectively."
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