Secure and Reliable Network Solutions for Government Agencies and Organizations

No matter the size, town, city, or state, federal government agencies are taking advantage of the latest, most innovative technologies to increase operational efficiency and better serve constituents and agency goals. Some examples include:

  • Increasing operational efficiency through Cloud Services
  • Implementing back up and recovery strategies to protect critical mission data
  • Developing new opportunities for commerce
  • Facilitating engagement with constituents and interconnecting facilities
  • Enhancing transportation and employee-safety systems
  • Delivering faster emergency response times
  • Mission support for national defense and war-fighter operations
  • Building high-capacity research and education networks for the scientific community

While all very different, these applications have one thing in common, they demand a reliable high-performance network. When scale, availability, and security are your main concerns, look to Lightower to deliver a proven network that excels without complications or delays.


Federal Contract Vehicles

Lightower is a LSA for both the GSA Regional Contract and Regional Sub-Contract in Regions 1 and 2 respectively.

GSA Regional Contracts: 

  • Region 1 – Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut
  • Region 2 – New York and New Jersey

Lightower provides a comprehensive suite of all-fiber services under both contracts:

State and Local Contract Vehicles

Maryland – Massachusetts – New Jersey – New York – Rhode Island – MiCTA

Maryland – Department of Information Technology

Lightower offers services in the state of Maryland under the Data Telecommunications Services Master Contract

Eligible entities include:

  • State agencies
  • Counties
  • Municipalities
  • Quasi-state agencies
  • School districts
  • County and state colleges
  • Public hospitals
  • Public purchasing cooperatives
  • Non-profit organizations

Lightower can provide an array of solutions under this contract including: Ethernet, Wavelengths, DS1, DS3, Flexible Private Line, and Internet.

Massachusetts – ITT46 Network Services 

Lightower offers services in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under ITT46 Network Services.  The contract was awarded by the Commonwealth in conjunction with the Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium.

Eligible entities are as follows:

  • Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium (MHEC) members;
  • Cities, towns, districts, counties, and other political subdivisions;
  • Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches, including all Departments and elected offices therein;
  • Independent public authorities, commissions, and quasi-public agencies;
  • Local public libraries, public school districts, and charter schools;
  • Public hospitals owned by the Commonwealth;
  • Public purchasing cooperatives;
  • Non-profit, UFR-certified organizations that are doing business with the Commonwealth;
  • Other states and territories with no prior formal approval by the State Purchasing Agent required; and
  • Other entities when designated in writing by the State Purchasing Agent

Lightower can provide an array of solutions under ITT46 including: Dark fiber, SONET, Private Line, Ethernet, Ethernet Private Line, Internet Access, and Colocation

New Jersey – T1776 Data Communications Network Services

Lightower offers networking services to the State of New Jersey under the Data Communications Network Services T1776 contract.

Eligible state entities include:

  • State agencies
  • Quasi-state agencies
  • Local government entities
  • Education-based institutions

Under the T1776 contract, Lightower offers the following services: Ethernet, Wavelengths, and SONET.

New York – OGS Comprehensive Telecommunications Group No. 7701

The New York State Office of General Services (OGS), Procurement Services Group has identified Lightower as a qualified contractor to provide Comprehensive Telecommunications Service.

Lightower can provide SONET, Private Line, Flexible Private Line, Ethernet, and Internet Access under this contract.

New York – OFT NYeNet Access Services

The NYeNet backbone is a “digital backbone” of high-capacity fiber optic networking with network access points (NAP) across New York State.  Its current backbone configuration operates at a speed of 10 Gbps. Organizations connected to the NYeNet are able to share information and access common applications via a connection between two fiber channel controls.

NYeNet POPs are location in Brooklyn at 15 Metro Tech Plaza and in Poughkeepsie at 60 Market Street.

Under this contract, Lightower can provide SONET, DWDM wavelengths, Dark Fiber, Private Line, and Ethernet.

Rhode Island – Dept of Administration & Telecom Services – IP Data Circuit

Master Price Agreement #308

Lightower offers services in the state of Rhode Island under Master Price Agreement #308 for Telecommunications Services – IP Data Circuits.

Eligible entities are as follows:

  • State agencies
  • Quasi-state agencies
  • Local government entities
  • Public schools
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Education-based institutions

Lightower can provide an array of solutions under this contract including: Ethernet, Dark Fiber, Wavelengths, SONET, Internet Access, and Colocation.

MiCTA - Michigan Collegiate Telecommunications Association

Master Service Agreement Contract No. 142AR-TISA2013-0416

MiCTA is a national organization that represents thousands of higher education, K-12, healthcare, library, governmental and charitable entities. Lightower services under this agreement include Ethernet, Wavelengths, Internet, Dark Fiber, SONET, and Colocation.

Eligible entities under the MiCTA Master Service Agreement include:

  • Higher Education
  • K – 12
  • Health Care
  • Libraries
  • State, county and municipal governments
  • Non-profit, religious and charitable organizations

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100G High-Performance Networks for Petascale Science

Research, Discovery, and Higher Education Institutions are united in their quest to understand how our universe works and to share their learning with one another. But the community is dealing with “Big Data” and Petascale Science across widely disparate geographic locations. Sharing and communicating this data can only be done across high-performance 100G networks.

Lightower understands the demands of the Research and Education community. Recently, in the Fall of 2012, at the International Conference of High Performance Computer, Networking, Storage and Analyses (SC12) in Salt Lake City, Utah, a consortium of researchers demonstrated a national scale 100 Gbps optical network testbed—Lightower’s network played a significant role in this achievement proving the ability to transport extremely large capacity data flows, including a 98.4 Gbps data transfer with zero packet drops over 2,000 miles.

Lightower also is working with this community to explore how high-performance networks can help the R&E community take advantage of remote data centers that provide immense space and power at low costs per megawatt. The trick is to ensure users, no matter where they are located, can efficiently access and utilize this data at any time. This might reduce operational expenses by hundreds of thousands of dollars.

For the research, discovery, and education space, this is why connectivity to a high-performance network is important. Lightower is adept at delivering high-bandwidth networks so the R&E community can afford and utilize the storage and compute infrastructure they need to advance our understanding of the universe around us.



Diverse Connectivity for Maximized Performance

Lightower offers government institutions advanced network connectivity solutions that maximize performance. Lightower’s resilient network infrastructure is uniquely suited to help municipalities, state governments, and agencies communicate internally and externally on a diverse network that leverages unique rights of way and delivers the security and reliability needed to operate effectively. Some facts about the network:

  • Lightower’s network has deep fiber assets throughout the Northeastern US from Maine down to Virginia and out to Chicago.
  • The company recently built a 1,000 mile ring around Virginia that will interconnect Lightower’s existing assets with Culpeper and extend south to Newport News, Elizabeth City, west to Martinsville and Roanoke and various hubs in between including Richmond.
  • With access to over 250+ data centers in our footprint, government organizations can be assured that can easily connect to critical cloud services and back-up and recovery resources.
  • Lightower owns the only completely diverse path between the NY metro and Ashburn, VA from the I-95 corridor. The Lightower Transcom Route provides government agencies with a unique path to protect from potential problems on that highly congested route.

These are just some of the things that set Lightower apart. When on the Lightower network, government entities can access services such as:

  • Internet access
  • Dark fiber
  • Ethernet
  • Wavelength
  • Private managed optical networks

The Lightower Advantage

Lightower possesses extensive experience working with government organizations to accomplish even the most ambitious goals—from 100G connectivity for research and education networks to Ethernet services for base or municipality connectivity. Lightower is committed to ensuring that government organizations benefit from the unique diversity, scale, support, and cost-efficiency that make Lightower a preferred partner to customers throughout our footprint.

Recognized by ATLANTIC-ACM, Lightower consistently earns a Best-in-Class Excellence Award for exceptional customer support and service. Currently, Lightower’s ever-expanding network provides:

  • 15,000+ service locations
  • 30,000+ fiber route miles
  • 250+ connected data centers
  • 40+ connected financial exchanges
  • 11 Lightower colocation centers
  • 500+ carrier hotels and central offices
  • Access to key metropolitan areas such as: Albany NY, Ashburn VA, Atlantic City NJ, Aurora IL, Baltimore MD, Boston MA, Buffalo NY, Burlington VT, Chicago IL, Cincinnati OH, Cleveland OH, Columbus OH, Dayton OH, Detroit MI, Hartford CT, Indianapolis IN, Long Island NY, Louisville KY, Manchester NH, Nashua NH, New York City, Newark NJ, Newburgh NY, New Haven CT, Philadelphia PA, Pittsburgh PA, Portland ME, Portsmouth NH, Poughkeepsie NY, Princeton NJ, Providence RI, Raleigh NC, Richmond VA, Rochester NY, Springfield MA, Syracuse NY, Toledo OH, Washington D.C., White Plains NY, and Worcester MA.

Customer Quote

"The scalability of their network was particularly attractive to us because we anticipate a need to increase bandwidth, and having a provider who we know can do this quickly and seamlessly was key."


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