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
ITT46 Network Services (Massachusetts)
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
OGS (New York)
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.
OFT NYeNet Access Services (New York)
The NYeNet backbone is a “digital backbone” of high-capacity fiber optic networking with network access points (NAP) accross 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.
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 2000 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 is building 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 130 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
- 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 their 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:
- 7,500+ service locations
- 20,000+ fiber route miles
- 130 connected data centers
- 40+ connected financial exchanges
- 18 Lightower colocation centers
- 115 carrier hotels and central offices
- Access to key metropolitan areas such as: Albany, NY; Ashburn, VA; Aurora, IL; Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Burlington, VT; Chicago, IL; Hartford, CT; Long Island, NY; Manchester, NH; Nashua, NH; New York City, NY; Newark, NJ; New Haven, CT; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, ME; Portsmouth, NH; Poughkeepsie, NY; Princeton, NJ; Providence, RI; Springfield, MA; Washington, D.C.; and White Plains, NY.