PAETEC (news, filings) offered up another government win today. They have been awarded a five year contract serving the bandwidth needs of Fort Detrick. The services provided will include voice, Ethernet, and secure internet access, and is valued at over $1M.
Fort Detrick is near Frederick, Maryland, and houses the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. It also lies within the former Intellifiber home turf. Intellifiber, and now PAETEC, has had substantial success with federal contracts in this region, including at the US Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground just a month or so ago.
Windstream's purchase of PAETEC is still pending, but is still expected to be completed before the winter season is over. Just what the combined company's plans are for the substantial CLEC and fiber assets when that happens is up for speculation. But it seems certain that the strong Intellifiber presence in the Mid-Atlantic region will make Windstream a new player in some major markets.