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Many government agencies in the U.S. have numerous offices of different sizes, highly distributed across a region, a state, or even nationwide. Connecting them to support the ever-expanding need for broadband applications has typically meant resorting to expensive MPLS networks using dedicated T1 access lines, no matter the office size or location. Besides costing several hundred dollars monthly on average for each T1 line, this one-size-fits-all approach has the recurring problem of slow downloading and access to cloud services whenever the network is throttled by the limited bandwidth of a T1 line.
But now there is a cost-effective alternative—by taking advantage of the many benefits of a single managed broadband service. Based on a tailored approach that starts with a rigorous site-by-site analysis, the Hughes National Managed Broadband Service maximizes the use of viable existing facilities integrated with new broadband technologies and security platforms to deliver the most secure and cost-effective mix of DSL, cable, wireless, and satellite broadband access at all locations. Replacing expensive MPLS networks, the Hughes solution employs a Converged Broadband Architecture (CBA) with a powerful, new enabling technology called Hughes ActiveQoS™, resulting in affordable, high-quality broadband connectivity in all field offices—across the city, the state, or the country. It complements the “big pipe” networks typically used to connect headquarters with large regional offices, and is particularly valuable for small and medium-sized field offices that need to connect to the agency’s cloud and meet mandated requirements for telework.
“We look at Hughes National Managed Broadband Service as a viable T1 replacement strategy for federal and state government agencies,” said Tony Bardo, assistant vice president of government solutions at Hughes. “It provides the power, the flexibility, and the cost savings potential of broadband in a managed way that’s never been offered to agencies before. With huge budget cuts facing agencies this year, the cost savings alone offers a compelling reason to move to this new architecture.”
For example, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently awarded Hughes a task order to deliver managed broadband services to 300 offices and inspection sites. Much of the mission-critical work of the FSIS is conducted in field offices across the country, which in the past, were connected using multiple providers.
Employing its CBA, Hughes will provide multiple-access (DSL and cable) 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.
Hughes will provide a cost-effective solution at all sites, replacing FSIS’s existing telecommunications infrastructure. 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, turnkey implementation with online status reporting, and 24x7 monitoring and notification. The solution also includes monitoring and management of contractor-provided network equipment, nationwide same-day, onsite field maintenance and help desk support, as well as network solution design and specification.
Citizens depend on their government agencies to provide services, and government agencies in turn depend on their networks to meet their missions. Now, with the Hughes National Managed Broadband Service, there is no such thing as an agency, field office, or home office that’s too remote for secure, managed broadband service coverage. No T1s required.