Windstream finished off some government work this week. The Arkansas-based service provider says it has completed construction and delivery of custom network solutions for the Defense Information Systems Agency, or DISA.
More specifically they built out their network to serve six military and government locations. These include Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas, Naval Air Station Albany in Georgia, McGhee Tyson Airfield in Tennessee, Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois, and Kellog Air National Guard Air Field and Defense Lgistics Agency - Battle Creek in Michigan. DISA will use the additional connectivity as part of the network it uses for combat support.
Windstream has been increasingly focused on its network reach and capabilities over the last several years. This year they have been expanding in a variety of metro fiber expansions around their footprint, and most recently revealed the first stage of a dark fiber-based expansion out to the west coast. It's been interesting to see them make more public fiber infrastructure moves *since* spinning off actual ownership of the underlying assets to CS&L than we ever did before that event. They've clearly made the call that their network footprint is the unique piece they bring to the wholesale and enterprise (and of course federal) table.
Windstream may have some company in the world of hybrid ILEC/CLECs, given the merger announcement of CenturyLink and Level 3 this week. One could argue that what Windstream looked like after the PAETEC and Hosted Solutions deals is the closest allegory we have seen to what CenturyLink and Level 3 have planned, albeit on a smaller, more regional scale.
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