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Satellite Internet coming to small public sector offices in Texas

Publicly funded organizations, including councils of government and school districts, will soon be able to get satellite Internet access under a contract modification awarded to Hughes Network Systems by the Texas Department of Information Resources.

Under the contract, the state will expand services it offers under the Texas Agency Network Next Generation (Tex-AN NG)  contract to include satellite Internet for small office/home offices and re-deployable Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) for larger organizations.

Since awarding the contract in 2011, Hughes has provided more than 600 public sector organizations bandwidth for satellite Internet access off its HX satellite platform, according to the company.

“Over the last three years, the Tex-AN NG vehicle has enabled Texas agencies and local governments – many in areas ‘unserved’ by terrestrial broadband – to access high-speed satellite Internet,” said Tony Bardo, assistant vice president for government solutions at Hughes.

Under the contract, SOHO users will be able to purchase tokens to extend bandwidth or data allowance. For FSS, redeployable services will include vehicle-mounted and fly-away antenna systems and support.

Both sets of users will also have the option to receive technical support including site surveys, very small aperture terminal installation, antenna reinstallation and relocation assistance.

Bardo said Hughes is “excited to see how Tex-AN NG will continue to evolve over the next two years and how our new service offerings will foster the evolution.”

Posted by GCN Staff on Aug 15, 2014 at 9:44 AM


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