CenturyLink Scores $1.6B for US Interior Department Networking

Light Reading | January 16, 2020

CenturyLink announced that it won a task order, worth up to $1.6 billion, to provide secure network services and IT modernization solutions to the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) via the General Services Administration's Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) program. "The Department of the Interior selected CenturyLink to deliver secure, modern network services that will help the agency achieve its mission to conserve and manage our nation's natural resources and cultural heritage for the benefit and enjoyment of the American people," said David Young, CenturyLink senior vice president, public sector. "This award from DOI shows that government agencies are increasingly turning to CenturyLink as their trusted provider to help them with their IT modernization efforts so they can focus on their mission." The task order covers two areas and has a combined maximum value of $1.6 billion, with 11 one-year options that run through 2032.

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DISH Network Corporation | June 27, 2022

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NETWORK SECURITY

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Hughes Network Systems | June 02, 2022

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WIRELESS

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WIRELESS

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Keysight | May 20, 2022

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