Level 3 Communications (Nasdaq: LVLT) has been invited to supply the North Florida Broadband Authority, a government-backed group that's focused on extending broadband to underserved North Florida region businesses through its fixed wireless Ubiquitous Middle Mile project.
Covering a 14-county area of Northern Florida, Level 3 will enable the NFBA to supply its mainly rural business and government customer base with both wireless IP access and middle-mile wireline connectivity.
As part of a five-year service agreement, Level 3 will provide the NFBA with two 1 Gbps wavelength circuits via its Extended On-Net assets and high-speed Internet Protocol (HSIP) services in Tampa, Fla. and Orlando, Fla. To support the network deployment Level 3 will provide the NFBA with gateway colocation in Tampa and Orlando and build out four in-line amplifier (ILA) sites throughout North Central Florida.
Part of the NFBA project will also leverage the federal government's Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) $30 million funding award for a lit services indefeasible right of use (IRU).
The NFBA represents one of many middle mile projects that got broadband stimulus funding over the past year to extend higher-speed bandwidth services into communities that have typically been left behind by larger carriers that have set the majority of their focus on larger cities and communities.
And while Level 3 is one of the largest wholesale bandwidth suppliers to the largest service providers and large enterprise customers, the NFBA is another sign of the service provider's own middle mile drive to serve communities and rural service providers that reside along its long-haul network path.
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