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For 28 years, the GCN Awards have showcased excellence in government IT. This year, with the GCN digIT Awards, the media publisher celebrated leading-edge technologies and solutions that are truly transforming government operations.
In the Cloud and Infrastructure category, Hughes customer the Ark-Tex Council of Governments (ATCOG) was named the winner from five finalists. ATCOG’s advanced NextGen 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) system improves public safety efforts through enhanced voice, text, and video communications capabilities.
ATCOG worked with Hughes to complete a series of tests designed to validate incorporating its SPACEWAY 3® satellite technology into their network to support the failover process and operational continuity. With the tests complete, Hughes services are now enabled to support 11 Public Safety Answering Points and one of the hosts within the Ark-Tex 9-1-1 network, achieving true path diversity for the system.
The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) sixth annual report on consumer broadband services has ranked HughesNet® first among all major Internet service providers (ISPs) for delivering on advertised performance promises. “Measuring Broadband America – 2016,” issued on December 1, 2016, ranked HughesNet the leader for delivering advertised download and upload speeds for the second year in a row.
The FCC report evaluated 16 satellite, DSL, cable, and fiber Internet access services, serving over 80% of the US residential marketplace. It found HughesNet exceeded advertised download and upload speeds—even during peak times—at higher rates than any other provider. Download speeds were consistently more than 150 percent higher than advertised. Similarly, upload speeds were nearly 200 percent greater than advertised speed. Among satellite broadband providers, HughesNet led in multiple performance categories, including consistency of speed, latency, and website performance.