In the category of federal fiber contracts won, Windstream (NYSE:WIN, news, filings) added a few notches to its belt yesterday. They'll be providing fiber connectivity for three U.S. military bases under a five year, $1.6M contract.
The three facilities are Fort Sill and Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma and Kelly Field Annex in Texas. Each will get 2.5Gbps of connectivity, which will give the 167,000 people working at or transiting through the three facilities each year a bandwidth upgrade while there.
Windstream picked up substantial regional and metro fiber in the region with the PAETEC purchase. PAETEC had previously bought the McLeodUSA network, which had substantial fiber there. We have perhaps heard less about Windstream's fiber since the PAETEC deal than we have about their cloud plans, but it's still out there winning deals. It does seem like it could be time for them to look west for another piece to their national puzzle.
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