The last few weeks have seen federal contract after federal contract for CenturyLink, and yesterday they announced a very interesting set of them. CenturyLink says it recently won contracts to build out fiber to multiple dams of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The dams are all up in the Pacific Northwest: Ice Harbor, Little Goose, and Lower Granite Dams on the lower Snake River in Washington, and the Foster and Green Peters Dams on the Columbia River in Oregon. These are multi-use critical infrastructure facilities, playing a key role in the region's flood risk management, hydropower, navigation, environmental stewardship, fish and wildlife conservation, and recreation.
CenturyLink will be building fiber to each and providing high speed data connectivity as part of a modernization of the facilities. An Ethernet solution will eliminate the need for some high-voltage safety equipment and buried copper cables that had apparently been 'chewed up by gophers'.
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