WorldCom will continue FAA voice, data links

WorldCom will continue FAA voice, data links

The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded WorldCom Inc. a follow-up contract to support the telecommunications system used by air traffic controllers to communicate with each other and with pilots.

Under the $604 million Leased Interfacility NAS Communications System (LINCS), WorldCom will continue to provide voice and data communications for the National Airspace System up to five more years. LINCS also transmits radar, weather and other data used in air traffic management.

'The FAA requires a highly reliable telecommunications infrastructure for its critical air traffic control mission,' FAA Administrator Jane F. Garvey said.

FAA originally chose the carrier to design and build LINCS in March 1992. The contract expires this month.

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