PAETEC (Nasdaq: PAET) is the latest service provider to win a contract to sell its services to the State of Texas Dept. of Information Resources (DIR). Under the terms of the agreement with the DIR, PAETEC will sell its suite of voice services, Internet access and fixed wireless.
While the deal is new, neither the DIR nor PAETEC are strangers.
PAETEC has served Texas agencies since 1995, and the service provider won two key contracts with the DIR over the past two years. In early 2011, it won a contract that enabled it to sell its PINNACLE Software to agencies that work with the department, and won another one in 2009 where it was named one of the DIR's preferred Internet providers to Texas state agencies.
Traditionally dominated by AT&T (NYSE: T), the Texas state government has become a ripe opportunity for a number of competitive service providers. Besides PAETEC, Level 3 (NYSE: LVLT) and Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) both recently won deals with the DIR, permitting them to sell Ethernet services to state government agencies.
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