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October 31st, 2016

My My! $700 Million... Harris' MyFloridaNet-2 Connects State And Local Agencies

It is critical that public safety and law enforcement agencies are able to communicate with each other, and now those agencies, and more, will be connected. Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has entered into a seven-year base $700 million contract with the State of Florida to provide a state-wide communications network that will connect public safety, law enforcement, public schools and other state and local government agencies. Besides the seven-year base there are seven one-year options. 

The Harris network is a secure, highly available/highly reliable infrastructure supporting voice, data and video connectivity for the state’s government agencies, including county and city municipalities. It will also support other telecommunications services including Internet access, email, and web hosting for K-12 public schools and libraries. 

MyFloridaNet-2 (MFN-2) will link more than 4,000 sites and provide approximately 4,700 connections via a secure state-wide communications infrastructure that uses the Harris Trusted Enterprise Network, a dedicated, private core backbone managed and operated by Harris from its primary network operations center in Melbourne, Florida. 

Carl D’Alessandro, president, Harris Critical Networks said, “By implementing this state-wide communications infrastructure, Florida’s state and local agencies will be connected so they can work together seamlessly and efficiently, whether in emergency situations or conducting routine business. Harris is a Florida-based company with a vested interest here, and our mission critical network services will support the safety and economic growth of our state while generating cost savings over the life of the program.” 

Harris teammates on the MFN-2 program include FPL FiberNet, CenturyLink, Level 3 Communications, Southern Light, and Verizon.