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DoD Grants CenturyLink Learning Network EIS Award to Provide Secure Connectivity for DoDEA; David Young Quoted

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CenturyLink has won a task order from the Department of Defense (DoD) to provide secure connectivity to the Department of Defense’s Education Activity (DoDEA) learning network, the company announced on Wednesday

The award will be provided through the General Services Administration's Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) program. The contract has an initial base period of one year, with 12 additional option periods.

"DoDEA put its trust in CenturyLink to provide its staff and tens of thousands of school-aged children of military families with a reliable, robust and secure network that will support desktop computers, printers, mobile devices and video collaboration services in a 21st century learning environment that spans the globe," said David Young, CenturyLink’s senior vice president of its public sector and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient.

CenturyLink will provide more than 85 DoDEA locations with virtual private networking, internet, voice and video services. The company will supply government agencies with the security and reliability they need to carry out their important missions, including cybersecurity, cloud, managed hosting and information technology (IT) services over its carrier-class network.

"We're focused on modernizing and updating DoD's learning network so DoDEA can concentrate on its mission to educate, engage and empower military-connected students to succeed in a dynamic world," added Young. 

Additionally, CenturyLink has received another EIS task order from the Department of the Interior on Jan. 16 2020.  Under the potential $1.6 billion task order from the EIS contract, the company will provide managed network services to support DOI's information technology modernization efforts.

CenturyLink has announced that it will design, engineer, build, secure, operate and maintain an enterprise network at the department, including software-defined wide area network, virtual private network, private line and ethernet transport services.

The company was the first supplier to receive authority to operate under GSA's 15-year, $50 billion EIS program in March of last year. EIS is a multiple-award contract vehicle, which allows federal government agencies to purchase information technology (IT) and telecommunications infrastructure services. The EIS program will enable federal agencies the ability to adapt modern communications and IT services to meet the newly evolved government security standards.

About CenturyLink

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a technology leader delivering hybrid networking, cloud connectivity, and security solutions to customers around the world. Through its extensive global fiber network, CenturyLink provides secure and reliable services to meet the growing digital demands of businesses and consumers. CenturyLink strives to be the trusted connection to the networked world and is focused on delivering technology that enhances the customer experience.