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Windstream to Supply Fiber Services to Fort Lee Through Contract with the Department of Defense Side Top Windstream Business

Windstream has been awarded a contract by the Defense Information System Agency (DISA) to provide Fort Lee with diverse fiber and Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) services.

Located in Prince George County, VA, south of Richmond, Fort Lee is a focused training base for military supply, subsistence, maintenance, munitions, transportation and more. Due to the realignment of bases in other parts of the country, the Fort has experienced a massive population increase. Today, the base houses approximately 45,000 personnel, with upwards of 70,000 passing through its classrooms each year.

With a larger population, Fort Lee requires stronger, more reliable communication networks. Windstream is fulfilling this need by constructing two diverse fiber paths into the facilities and tying those paths together to create a robust fiber ring that is connected back to Windstream's 115,000-mile strong national fiber network.

We also installed redundant DWDM network services connecting Fort Lee's backbone network to long-haul routes, ensuring that data redundancy is achieved. This solution was designed to ensure that the networks at the Fort would be online and reliable for the thousands of personnel that depend on data services.

"Through this project, Fort Lee has secured its data and made sure that it is readily accessible at a moment's notice," said Mike Magliato, Windstream vice president of government solutions. "Military facilities must have guaranteed uptime, so it was our mission to go in and provide diversity and redundancy in the fiber build."

Since 2005, Windstream and its subsidiaries have been serving government entities, including Department of Defense (DoD) and DISA, FAA, Department of Treasury, Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Courts, Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Army, Air Force and Navy. In 2010, Windstream announced the activation of the 500th high capacity circuit delivered to the DoD. Circuit speeds for the DoD range from DS-3 to 10Gbps.

"Within the past year, our fiber network and available services have grown immensely as a result of strategic acquisitions and capital investment," said Bill Bellando, Windstream senior vice president of Network Services. "It is our mission to continue these improvements to our infrastructure so other military facilities similar to Fort Lee will be able to provide personnel with high-quality, secure, and dependable broadband services."