Showing posts with label Gov. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gov. Show all posts

Friday, February 6, 2015

White House Summit on Cybersecurity Set for Feb 13

President Obama is now slated to attend a summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection on February 13th at Stanford University. The Silicon Valley event is expected to bring together industry and government officials.

Topics of discussion are expected to include:

  • Public-Private Collaboration on Cybersecurity
  • Improving Cybersecurity Practices at Consumer-Oriented Businesses and Organizations
  • Promoting More Secure Payment Technologies
  • Cybersecurity Information Sharing
  • International Law Enforcement Cooperation on Cybersecurity
  • Improving Authentication: Moving Beyond the Password
  • Chief Security Officers’ Perspectives: New Ideas on Technical Security

http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/foreign-policy/cybersecurity/summit

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Microsoft Activates Azure Government Cloud

Microsoft announced general availability of its Azure Government cloud service.

Key attributes include:

  • Isolation – All aspects of Microsoft Azure Government’s hyperscale infrastructure, including the data center, hardware, network and software, are isolated to meet the unique compliance standards of the U.S. public sector. This isolation covers all physical, logical and network components of the service.
  • Community – Azure Government is restricted to only a targeted set of government agencies and their solution providers, including federal, state, local, tribal and the Department of Defense.
  • Security – Data centers are secured using physical, logical and procedural controls. Important controls include secured access control to the data center, second person screened escorts, aisle cameras, and secured cabling. All security controls are audited and logged.
  • Screened personnel – Operations and support are performed by personnel who are United States persons, who have been background screened. These personnel are based in redundant Service Operating Centers (SOCs), which are greater than 500 miles apart.
  • Continental United States – All customer data, content, and organizational data (both at rest and in transit); all hardware, networking and other physical infrastructure; and all personnel reside in the Continental United States (CONUS).
  • Business continuity - Data centers are physically isolated from other cloud services and geographically distributed more than 500 miles apart. This enables geo-replication and integrity between locations that supports business continuity and disaster recovery.
  • East Coast region – Azure Government has an East Coast region in order to be in close proximity to customers and to, provide efficient high speed connections to Washington D.C. and surrounding areas.

Microsoft first announced its Azure Government cloud in March 2014 and since then over one hundred government customers and solution providers have been testing it.

http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2014/12/09/announcing-general-availability-of-microsoft-azure-government/

Monday, December 8, 2014

CenturyLink to Provide Cybersecurity to US Govt Agencies

CenturyLink was awarded a task order from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of Cybersecurity and Communications to provide Intrusion Prevention Security Services, known as EINSTEIN 3 Accelerated (E3A) protections, to U.S. federal civilian agencies. The one-year task order was issued under a four-year indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract for EINSTEIN cybersecurity services that was previously awarded to CenturyLink in March 2013. Financial terms were not disclosed.

CenturyLink said the EINSTEIN program provides advanced email filtering and web Domain Name System spoofing protections, as well as signature-based intrusion detection, prevention and mitigation services to participating federal agencies under the guidance and oversight of DHS.

"CenturyLink is proud to be selected to continue providing EINSTEIN cybersecurity protections to federal agencies," said Lisa Bruch, CenturyLink Government acting senior vice president and general manager. "We're excited to support DHS's mission to provide federal agencies with advanced managed cybersecurity capabilities that offer additional protections to mitigate growing and evolving threats. The ability to share valuable cyber intelligence and information with an expanding list of federal agencies."

http://news.centurylink.com/ 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

California Looks to CalCloud for Gov IT in the Cloud

The California Department of Technology and IBM introduced CalCloud, a public-private partnership aimed at migrating government services into the cloud.

IBM is supplying and managing the infrastructure, while the California Department of Technology will manage all other aspects of the service offering. In addition to IBM, CalCloud partners include AT&T, which will provide network services for the core and edge networks, and IT consulting firms Alexan International and KPMG will help drive CalCloud’s adoption rate and migration to the new service.

More than 20 state departments have already requested IT services through CalCloud, which uses security standards based on National Institute of Standards (NIST) for cloud based services and FedRAMP.

The California Department of Technology said the main benefit of CalCloud will be to give state and local government the ability to buy only the computing resources needed with the flexibility to quickly scale up or scale down resources as workloads demand.

CalCloud is an important step towards providing faster and more cost effective IT services to California state departments and ultimately to the citizens of California,” said Marybel Batjer, Secretary of the Government Operations Agency.

“Transforming how the State of California delivers technology services is not only more efficient and cost effective, it will spur innovation with cloud capabilities that are open and secure,” said Erich Clementi, Senior Vice President, IBM Global Technology Services. “California is setting an example for other states on how to use cloud technology to improve coordination across agencies and municipalities while reducing the barriers and duplication that can impede the delivery of government services.”

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/44436.wss
http://servicecatalog.otech.ca.gov/services/cloud/calcloud/docs/CalCloudBrochure.pdf
http://servicecatalog.otech.ca.gov/

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Level 3 Wins Department of Homeland Security LAN Contract

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has selected Level 3 Communicatios to deliver local area network (LAN) managed services for the agency within the National Capital Region (NCR) under the Washington Interagency Telecommunications System (WITS) 3 contract. Specifically, Level 3 will deliver a combination of managed voice, audio and video conferencing, transport, Ethernet and IP within the NCR.

Under the contract, Level 3 will deliver an end-to-end solution for the DHS that will connect nearly 60 DHS sites, including the recently consolidated DHS headquarters at St. Elizabeths. The project includes installation of cabling and equipment, network design, engineering, monitoring and management.

Level 3 said this multi-year, multi-million dollar contract represents a significant shift in how public agencies approach information technology (IT) infrastructure procurement and management, particularly as Network as a Service (NaaS) models gain greater traction to help the government.  Level 3 will be one of the first telecommunications providers to deliver a fully outsourced NaaS solution for a federal government agency.

"Today, federal agencies are facing increasing pressure to keep pace with explosive demands for actionable data and remote access to information, while also managing significant budget constraints as a result of sequestration," said Edward Morche, senior vice president of East Region Enterprise and Government Markets for Level 3 Communications. "This new operating environment is compelling government IT leaders to think differently and seek outsourced solutions, where previously they may have dedicated internal resources to solving problems we address every day at Level 3. We are proud to take a leadership position in providing the level of service, flexibility and experience necessary to meet a broad range of needs for the DHS."

http://www.level3.com/government

Thursday, July 10, 2014

CenturyLink Wins 10-year NIH Colocation Contract

CenturyLink was selected by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to provide colocation, network connectivity and disaster recovery services to the NIH National Library of Medicine and the NIH Center for Information Technology. The deal could be worth nearly $63 million over the next 10 years. The new agreement follows a previous 10-year contract for these services that was also awarded to CenturyLink.

The National Library of Medicine, located on the NIH campus, is the world's largest medical library. Its collection offers information and research services in all areas of biomedicine and health care. It also coordinates a 6,000-member National Network of Libraries of Medicine that provides access to health information in communities across the U.S.

The NIH Center for Information Technology manages the agency's IT resources, which include operating the NIH computer center and providing data processing and technical services to more than 40,000 users in NIH, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and other government agencies.

http://www.centurylink.com

Monday, June 2, 2014

ALU Demos LTE Priority/Pre-emption for First Responders

Alcatel-Lucent announced a demonstration of standards-based priority and pre-emption technology for the application of 4G LTE for emergency services in the United States.

Working in conjunction with the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program, a joint effort of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Alcatel-Lucent demonstrated prioritization and pre-emption on a complete end-to-end Public Safety LTE solution. The solution included elements from Alcatel-Lucent’s LTE Radio Access Network, its Subscriber Data Manager and the IP Mobile Core.  Prioritization and pre-emption prioritizes users’ traffic to assure higher priority users can send or receive content with the required bandwidth they need.

Alcatel-Lucent said its technology enables public safety authorities to prioritize access and bandwidth usage based on the role of a first responder as more first responders arrive at the scene. For example, in a fire requiring a response from multiple crews, the incident commander could be assigned a higher priority to ensure unbroken real-time video delivery as more first responders arrive at the scene.  If required, sessions of lower priority users can be pre-empted to assure higher priority users can send or receive the information they need.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/press/2014/alcatel-lucent-advances-application-mobile-ultra-broadband-us-emergency-services-successful-4g-lte

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

HP Debuts Private Cloud for Public Sector

HP Enterprise Services is building a secure private cloud solution designed for governments and public sector agencies.

HP said its new Helion Managed Private Cloud for Public Sector will offer a managed, dedicated private cloud that enables federal, state and local governments to implement a shared service model across multiple departments. The managed private cloud allows agencies to act as IT brokers by accessing a web-based portal to manage consumption and monitor resources, allowing charge back of costs to departments and business units.

It is designed to address the unique certification and regulatory compliance needs of the federal government, including the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMPSM) moderate impact level, FISMA high, HIPAA and the Defense Information System Agency Enterprise Cloud Service Broker (DISA ECSB) impact Level-5.

“With a robust hybrid portfolio of enterprise cloud services already in place for commercial clients, our priority has been making sure that they are available to meet government demands,” said Stacy Cleveland, director, Global Practices, U.S. Public Sector, HP Enterprise Services. “HP Helion Managed Private Cloud for Public Sector allows defense, civilian and other organizations to easily adopt HP managed cloud solutions to increase business agility, innovation, and lower their IT costs.”

http://www.hp.com/govcloud

Monday, May 19, 2014

U.S. Courts Selects Level 3 for Nationwide Network

Level 3 Communications landed a multi-year contract with the United States Courts to provide network infrastructure and services to improve overall communications quality and management throughout the federal judicial system.

Under the General Services Administration (GSA) Networx Enterprise contract, Level 3 will deliver direct connections to each of the designated sites via IP virtual private network (VPN), optical wavelength and Ethernet access services. The expanded Wide Area Network (WAN) architecture will maximize network routing options and redundancy for nationwide communications traffic between all U.S. Courts sites to ensure greater reliability, security and operating efficiencies –the primary challenges facing multi-site organizations today.

The U.S. Courts were looking to simplify nationwide operations onto a single communications platform for nearly 300 sites, including the U.S. Courts of Appeals, U.S. District Courts, U.S. Bankruptcy Courts and U.S. Courts of Special Jurisdiction.

Level 3 said the contract also covers session initiated protocol (SIP) trunking services, capitalizing on enhanced WAN connectivity to provide an Internet-based platform for local- to long-distance voice services. Level 3's Voice Complete portfolio of SIP-based services will deliver enhanced service options and a growth platform for the future, while also ensuring greater continuity of operations and disaster recovery (COOP/DR) by streamlining voice communications management for the federal judicial system.

http://level3government.com

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Alcatel-Lucent Completes Sale of LGS Innovations

Alcatel-Lucent completed its previously announced sale of its subsidiary LGS Innovations LLC to a US-based company owned by a Madison Dearborn Partners-led investor group that includes CoVant.

LGS Innovations LLC provides secure networking, satellite communications, VoIP, optical routers and other solutions for the US national security, defense, and advanced research communities, and has a heritage as a trusted partner of the US Federal Government extending back over 60 years.  The company is based in Herndon, Virginia.

The sale price was $200 million, of which 50% is paid at closing.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Polaris Wireless Trials Police Force Tracking Application

The Mountain View, California, Police Department (MVPD) is testing a mobile phone tracking application from Polaris Wireless to provide commanding officers with visibility of where on-duty officers are located.

The Polaris Wireless Altus blue force tracking application has already been used to augment police safety measures at a recent area concert. Altus was used to locate and track over twenty uniformed and plain-clothes police officers during the two-day concert, during which the MVPD conducted approximately 100 arrests. During this pilot deployment, some officers were equipped with department-provided mobile phones, which were monitored using Polaris Wireless Altus from a command post set up in the event grounds.

Altus blue force tracking provides police departments and other law enforcement organizations with the ability to track police and other field officers (such as firefighters and emergency medical services (EMS) technicians), specifically when they are out of reach of their patrol vehicles, which typically contain separate location and tracking capabilities. San Francisco-based Locaid, the world’s largest LaaS (Location-as-a-Service) company, provided the officers’ location information, which was then displayed on the Altus tracking application. As a result, MVPD commanders were able to track officers’ movements during the concert. Altus provides a more efficient and less obvious way of tracking an officer’s location than traditional 2-way radio and verbal alerts.

“In an ongoing effort to ensure the safety of the citizens of Mountain View, we continually seek out industry-leading technology that enables us to do our jobs more safely and efficiently,” said Lieutenant Chris Hsiung of the Mountain View Police Department. “The power of the Polaris Wireless Altus application to locate officers via mobile devices presents us with many exciting opportunities.”

http://www.polariswireless.com

Monday, July 15, 2013

U.S. Marine Corps Picks Harris to Upgrade 1st Responder Communications

The United States Marine Corps selected Harris Corp. to replace its existing radio systems throughout Eastern Region U.S. Marine Corps bases and other locations.

The digital radio system will support military first responders at Eastern Region U.S. Marine Corps bases and locations. The deployment includes equipment, managed services, support and other options.

Harris received an initial $6 million order in the third quarter of the company’s fiscal year 2013 to design and deploy radio systems at four bases in North Carolina and Georgia. The full contract has a potential value of more than $16 million.

Harris said the new system is based upon Project 25 technology standards and the Harris VIDA IP networking technology.

http://www.harris.com

Monday, July 8, 2013

U.S. Dept. of Labor Consolidates Data Centers with BYTEGRID

BYTEGRID Holdings, which operates highly secure, interconnected, carrier-neutral, data centers in the Washington, D.C. and Atlanta metro areas, announced a seven-year contract by the U.S. Department of Labor. Lockheed Martin serves as integrator on the project.

The contract calls for the consolidation and relocation of DOL's data centers in metropolitan Washington into BYTEGRID’s ultra-secure, financial grade facility in Montgomery County, Maryland. The overall plans include a sequential move of data centers to BYTEGRID and to the cloud.

BYTEGRID’s facility is the largest multi-tenant data center in Maryland featuring 214,000 sq. ft. of data center space and over 90,000 sq. ft. of raised floor. It features new redundant power supply systems, providing a total of nine (9) megawatts of critical load power, twenty-two (22) megawatts of on-site power generation and cooling that exceed requirements for concurrent maintainability and fault tolerance, with future planned expansions to double critical load power capacity.

BYTEGRID said the contract supports the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI), which aims to eliminate and/or consolidate 1,186 federal data centers by 2015, according to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The initiative and consolidation activity is tied to other industry trends including server virtualization, cloud computing and energy efficiency.

“The FDCCI is an initiative of significant national importance and unique opportunity for Maryland companies,” said Don Goodwin, BYTEGRID’s Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing. “We are pleased to provide the critical data center infrastructure and innovative in-center cloud bursting, meeting all key government standards for security compliance.

http://www.BYTEGRID.com

Monday, May 20, 2013

General Services Administration Issues Cybersecurity RFI


The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) issued a request for information (RFI) calling for stakeholders' input to make our the federal government's cybersecurity more resilient.

The GSA is looking for recommendations on standardizing cybersecurity contract elements and procurement requirements.  Stakeholder input will contribute to the final recommendations report to be issued in the early summer.

"Collaboration and cooperation allows government to deliver critical services to our federal partners and most importantly, the American people," said GSA Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini. "The RFI is an important first step to a public private partnership that will help secure our nation's infrastructure. Developing these cybersecurity procurement recommendations is a priority for GSA and the interagency working group."

http://www.gsa.gov/

Sunday, July 22, 2012

President’s Council Recommends Opening 1,000 MHz for Shared Use

U.S. federal policy should shift in favor "Shared-Use Spectrum Superhighways" instead the current plan which is to first clear federal users from specific bands and then auction this spectrum for the exclusive use of the highest bidder, according to a new report issued by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). The report identifies 1,000 MHz of federal spectrum for sharing with the private sector.

The New Spectrum Superhighway plan (1) divides spectrum into substantial blocks with common characteristics (2) makes sharing by Federal users with commercial users the norm (3) measures spectrum effectiveness using a new metric (4) increases capacity by "1,000’s of times." 


A Presidential memorandum issued in June 2010 requires that 500 MHz of spectrum to be made available for commercial use within 10 years.  However, a recent NTIA Study found that clearing just one 95 MHz band will take 10 years, cost $18 billion, and cause significant disruption. Moreover, the net revenue for the Treasury from the last successful auction of 45 MHz realized a net income of just a few hundred million a year ($5.3 billion total).

The PCAST report said its vision of shared spectrum is viable using existing technologies and is not dependent on cognitive or "smart" radios. Instead, a geo-location database could be used the share spectrum much like how the FCC is using managing TV bands. The TV Whitespaces system could be used as a model. Technical standards would need to be implemented for coexistence of transmitters and receivers to enable flexible sharing.

To get things rolling, the PCAST report recommends that an incentive mechanism be created to encourage Federal agencies to begin sharing (e.g., Spectrum Currency). The existing Spectrum Relocation Fund, which is supposed to fund the migration of federal users out of certain bands, could be redeveloped into a "Spectrum Efficiency Fund." The system could be tested in a specific city before being extended nationwide.

Specifically, PCAST recommends beginning a pilot program involving spectrum sharing, supported by early release of funds from various sources, with three key elements: immediate sharing by new low-power devices in two existing Federal spectrum bands; formation of a Spectrum Sharing Partnership Steering Committee (SSP) of industry executives (e.g. CEOs) to advise on a policy framework to maximize commercial success; and creation of an urban Test City and a Mobile Test Service that can support rapid learning in spectrum management technology and practice.

The 192 page report is posted online.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/pcast

Reaction from AT&T: "While we are still reviewing the PCAST report, we are encouraged by the sustained interest in exploring ways to free up underutilized government spectrum for mobile Internet use. However, we are concerned with the report’s primary conclusion that 'the norm for spectrum use should be sharing, not exclusivity.' The report fails to recognize the benefits of exclusive use licenses, which are well known. Those licenses enabled the creation of the mobile Internet and all of the ensuing innovation, investment and job creation that followed.

“While we should be considering all options to meet the country’s spectrum goals, including the sharing of federal spectrum with government users, it is imperative that we clear and reallocate government spectrum where practical. We fully support the NTIA effort of determining which government bands can be cleared for commercial use, and we look forward to continuing to work with NTIA and other stakeholders to make more spectrum available for American consumers and businesses."

Reaction from CTIA: "Cleared spectrum and an exclusive-use approach has enabled the U.S. wireless industry to invest hundreds of billions of dollars, deploying world-leading mobile broadband networks and resulting in tremendous economic benefits for U.S. consumers and businesses. Not surprisingly, that is the very same approach that has been used by the countries that we compete with in the global marketplace, who have brought hundreds of megahertz of cleared spectrum to market in recent years."

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Verizon to Market FIPS-140-2 Encrypted Mobile Voice Services to U.S. Government

Verizon will begin selling secure mobile voice services to the U.S. government using technology from Cellcrypt, a provider of government-grade encrypted voice-calling software. The two companies will jointly market Cellcrypt's mobile voice-encryption solution to military, intelligence and civilian agencies.


Cellcrypt helps address the potential risks of interception of sensitive voice communications. The technology is
currently undergoing trial testing with several government agencies. The yet-to-be named co-branded service will be available for sale this fall. When launched, the Verizon-Cellcrypt service will be supported on smartphones and tablets running on the widely used Android, BlackBerry and iOS mobile operating systems. The downloadable software application, which supports federal information processing standard 140-2, will work across cellular, Wi-Fi and satellite networks, including Verizon's wireless networks.


"The threats posed by cyberattacks are real and increasingly focused on U.S. national security interests," said Janet Schijns, vice president of vertical solutions, Verizon Enterprise Solutions. "By leveraging our combined strengths, Verizon and Cellcrypt will provide government agencies with an easy-to-deploy and interoperable mobile voice-encryption solution designed to maintain the security and integrity of sensitive communications."


FIPS 140-2, created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, is a U.S. government computer-security standard used to accredit cryptographic hardware and software.
http://www.verizon.com
http://www.cellcrypt.com
  • Cellcrypt leverages Encrypted Mobile Content Protocol (EMCP), an Internet Protocol (IP) based technology that optimizes delivery of encrypted data between mobile devices over wireless networks.

Fujitsu Builds Optical Backbone for National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has selected Fujitsu's FLASHWAVE 7420 Metro/Enterprise WDM Platform to implement a multi-node regional fiber optic network linking remote data centers. The deployment will also use Fujitsu's NETSMART 1500 Management System and its professional services.


The network is designed for tunable bandwidths reaching 40 Gbps, sub-microsecond latency, multi-protocol, multi-application support and remote monitoring and management.

NIAID conducts and supports research to study the causes of infectious and immune-mediated diseases, and to develop better means of preventing, diagnosing and treating these illnesses.

Fujitsu’s FLASHWAVE 7420 is a scalable Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM)-based transport solution engineered for high-performance, low-latency networks. The platform, which includes Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) technology, supports Ethernet, SONET/SDH, G.709 OTN, ATM, video and SAN protocols in fixed and reconfigurable point-to-point, linear add/drop and ring topologies.http://us.fujitsu.com/telecom

Thursday, April 26, 2012

MCNC Advances North Carolina's Golden LEAF

The first round of MCNC's $144 million Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative (GLRBI) is complete with all fiber now actively in service to Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) including K-12 schools, universities, community colleges, health care facilities, public health facilities, libraries, research institutions, and other sectors of CAIs in western and southeastern North Carolina.

The GLRBI is funded through grants from U.S. Department of Commerce's Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and significant matching funds from private donations and investments including a $24 million investment from the Golden LEAF Foundation. Once complete through two phases, the GLRBI will greatly expand the reach and capacity of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) in the state.

Some highlights:
  • All North Carolina Community Colleges have been connected to NCREN;

  • The video services infrastructure on the network was upgraded;

  • East Carolina University received a 10gig network upgrade and now serves as a hub for most of eastern North Carolina;

  • the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville now has a 10gig connection

  • Vidant Medical Center in Pitt County became the first not-for-profit hospital connected to the N.C. Telehealth Network via NCREN,


  • MCNC received federal approval to begin the second phase of the GLRBI in June 2011. Since that time, MCNC has mobilized efforts and made significant progress on this portion of the project, which is three-times the size of the first phase.


  • The total of new miles spanning both projects is currently 2,604.


  • The routes for Round 1 as engineered represent 904 newly-operational miles of which 414 miles are new construction.


  • All Round 1 fiber is now lit and placed into service.


  • The routes for Round 2 as engineered represent 1,700 total miles, of which 1,338 are new construction and 362 are being obtained and/or leased via indefeasible rights of use (IRU) or existing fiber is being upgraded.
    595 miles of new conduit has been built along the Round 2 project route, 292 miles of fiber has been deployed within that conduit, and nearly 307 miles of dark fiber have been obtained via IRUs.


  • The participating vendors and contractors who worked on Round 1 include: Fiber Technologies for construction/installation of fiber in western North Carolina; Globe Communications for construction/installation of fiber in the southeast; Comtech for all the fiber splicing related to this portion of the project; Cisco Systems for providing the Cisco ONS 15454 Optical Design Network Solution; CommScope for supplying all fiber-optic cable and materials; and ONUG Communications for engineering design, project planning, and related services.


  • All construction for the GLRBI is to be complete by 2013.


"This first phase of the project already is having a positive impact on student learning, patient outcomes in health care, economic outcomes in job creation and community development, and is accelerating innovation and research all across the state," said MCNC President and CEO Joe Freddoso. "Our goal is to continue creating infrastructure that meets the advanced needs of research, education, and health care while stabilizing costs to consumers and small businesses in areas where affordable broadband currently isn't available."http://www.mcnc.orghttp://www.goldenleaf.org

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

FCC's Connect America Fund Gets Underway

The FCC adopted an official reform order for establishing the Connect America Fund, which replaces the outdated universal service and intercarrier compensations systems.


The Connect America Fund has the following mission: (1) preserve and advance universal availability of voice
service; (2) ensure universal availability of modern networks capable of providing voice and
broadband service to homes, businesses, and community anchor institutions; (3) ensure universal
availability of modern networks capable of providing advanced mobile voice and broadband
service; (4) ensure that rates for broadband services and rates for voice services are reasonably
comparable in all regions of the nation; and (5) minimize the universal service contribution
burden on consumers and businesses.

CAF will eventually replace all of the existing high-cost support mechanisms. The annual funding target is set at no more than $4.5 billion over the next six years. The goal is to help make broadband available
to homes, businesses, and community anchor institutions in areas that do not, or would not
otherwise, have broadband, including mobile voice and broadband networks in areas that do not,
or would not otherwise, have mobile service, and broadband in the most remote areas of the
nation.

The CAF plans to adopt incentive-based, market-driven policies, including competitive bidding, to distribute
universal service funds more efficiently than previously.
http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/connecting-america#read

Monday, January 16, 2012

NASA Kennedy Space Center Implements Ciena's OTN

Ciena, in partnership with Abacus Technology Corporation, has been selected to upgrade the expansive campus IT network at NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC). The upgrade will use Optical Transport Network (OTN) technology from Ciena to consolidate the Center’s Ethernet, video and legacy ATM and TDM traffic. The new network is using Ciena’s 4200 Advanced Services Platform.

Abacus Technology, which is contracted to provide support for all information management and communications services related to launch operations at KSC, is leading the design and installation of the new campus network, with completion of the campus upgrade expected in March.
http://www.ciena.com