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December 7th, 2011

Hughes Network Systems... Foodies... (Comms)

[SatNews] Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) has been awarded a task order by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)....

....to deliver managed broadband services to 300 offices and inspection sites. The order is for a one year period under a Blanket Purchase Agreement of Hughes’ GSA Schedule 70 contract (GS-35F-0907P). FSIS inspection offices are currently connected using multiple technologies, including satellite, Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), Cable, Cellular (EVDO), and T-1. Using its Converged Broadband Architecture, Hughes will provide multiple-access technologies under one nationally managed broadband network for all 300 sites. As a result, FSIS will save significant taxpayer dollars by eliminating the need to purchase special access lines and MPLS ports in remote locations. In addition, with the increased bandwidth available using broadband technologies, FSIS will be able to quickly communicate Humane Activity Tracking information and utilize applications to ensure the adequate treatment of livestock, as well as access eGovernment resources, such as AgLearn for training. The comprehensive Hughes solution will provide managed delivery of broadband services, integrated and consolidated billing, Turn-key implementation with online status reporting, 24x7 monitoring and notification, monitoring and management of contractor-provided network equipment, nationwide same day, on-site field maintenance and help desk support and network solution design and specification.