National CLEC PAETEC (news, filings) said yesterday it has picked up another federal contract. DISA has awarded them a three year contract to supply Fort Drum at the foot of the Adirondacks with fiber and DWDM services. Fort Drum trains 80,000 troops annually and is the home of the Mountain Division. PAETEC will be building out from its network assets in Syracuse and Watertown to bring the base online with diverse connectivity.
PAETEC’s upstate New York fiber footprint comes courtesy of Cavalier via Intellifiber, which got it from Elantic, formerly Dominion, which bought at least some of it out of BK from Telergy back in the bubble. If that was confusing, don’t worry it’ll all be Windstream’s in a few weeks — or perhaps less (my money is on Thursday 12/1), since the FCC has now signed off on the merger. Not that the FCC approval was ever in question, as regulators are probably salivating at finally finding a major ILEC willing to operate as a CLEC outside its territory for over half its revenue – three decades after Ma Bell was split up to create some nice neighborly competition.
Yesterday’s Fort Drum contract was the second government sector contract in as many weeks that PAETEC has pulled in. Before thanksgiving they won a contract with the Texas Department of Information Resources, under which they will be able to supply a whole host of agencies and enterprises across the state.
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