NASA has awarded CenturyLink a second contract, this time assigning all of its voice traffic to the Louisiana-based telecom giant. The previous contract, awarded in April 2019, tapped CenturyLink to build NASA’s backbone network at the agency’s Houston headquarters. Under this new contract, CenturyLink will also provide network connectivity service to NASA’s regional research facilities and space centers.
Both contracts have performance periods of nine-and-a-half years, and both are part of the federal government’s $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) program, which requires government agencies to update their contracts for telecommunications services. It is meant to help federal agencies migrate to modern communications and IT services that meet government security standards. The federal government is in the process of moving its telecommunication contracts to EIS over time. By March 31 of next year 50% of agencies’ telecom inventory must come from EIS contracts, and by September 2022 100% of their inventory must be from these contracts. […]