Windstream lights up Ethernet network for National Weather Service

Windstream has won a five-year multi-million dollar contract from the National Weather Service (NWS) to supply Ethernet-based services to the agency's Weather Forecast Offices (WFO) that are housed in various locations throughout the United States.

Under the terms of the agreement, Windstream will provide a mix of fiber circuit installation, Internet services and technical support, including circuit monitoring maintenance and service restoration, for each of these regional offices. 

By gaining access to 100 Mbps dedicated Internet circuits, Windstream said that the NWS will be able to improve its interagency communications by streamlining and enhancing reporting processes across offices, including the distribution of graphic weather reports.

As a component of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and an operating unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the NWS provides weather, hydrologic and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas.

Over the past 10 years Windstream and its various subsidiaries have continued to broaden their footprint inside the federal government vertical, securing contracts with U.S. Department of Defense (DoD); the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA); the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); U.S. Department of Treasury; the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA); the U.S. Army, Air Force and Navy; U.S. Federal Courts; and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The service provider also has been actively gaining entry into other key General Service Administration (GSA) contract vehicles, including the General Services Administration Region 4 Integrated Telecommunications Services - II (GRITS-II) and the Region 6 local services acquisition (LSA) contract.

By winning this deal with the NWS, Windstream brings another key agency win to its growing public sector belt and enhances its credibility in a sector that's been slower to spend money on services.

For more:
- see the release

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