Broomfield, Colorado – (The Hosting News) – December 14, 2006 – Colocation, VoIP, and Internet backbone company, Level 3 Communications’ Business Markets Group, has entered into a five-year, $2.4 million agreement with the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC) to provide dedicated Internet access.
Ethernet service to seven LVAIC-affiliated institutions in Eastern Pennsylvania, under the terms of the agreement, the new service will be used by each college to enable high-speed collaboration, enhance Internet content delivery, share next-generation applications, and implement disaster recovery protocols.
Bill Marushak, Director of Business Services for LVAIC explained, ”Level 3’s comprehensive network capabilities and extensive experience in servicing the higher education marketplace made them our most logical and strategic partner for this major, multiple college deployment. The high performance interconnections provided by this service will deliver significant value to each of the seven colleges participating in this initiative. We also anticipate a positive effect on the greater Lehigh Valley community in the form of increased collaboration between LVAIC institutions and area enterprises, potentially resulting in more local employment opportunities.”
The initial delivery of 1 Gigabyte of Level 3 Dedicated Internet Access over Ethernet service to the LVAIC-affiliated institutions will begin in early 2007, with the complete rollout targeted for early 2008.
Joe McCourt, Senior Vice President of Sales for Level 3’s Business Markets Group added, ”We are pleased to announce this agreement with the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges and look forward to supporting the advanced needs of the individual colleges, as well as those of the consortium. This agreement with LVAIC underscores our commitment to providing the academic community with state-of-the-art network services that encourage collaboration, research, administration and online educational activities.”
Earlier this year, Level 3 announced plans with Internet2, a U.S. advanced networking consortium led by the research and education community, to develop and deploy a new nationwide network that will provide next-generation production services and a platform for the development of networking ideas and protocols. Level 3’s Business Markets Group is dedicated to serving a broad range of organizations with high demands for connectivity and advanced network services, such as enterprises, local and state government agencies, and local and regional carriers.
Level 3 Communications, Inc., an international communications company, operates one of the largest Internet backbones in the world. Through its customers, Level 3 is the primary provider of Internet connectivity for millions of broadband subscribers. The company provides a comprehensive suite of services over its broadband fiber optic network including Internet Protocol (IP) services, broadband transport and infrastructure services, colocation services, voice services and voice over IP services. The services are designed to provide building blocks that enable Level 3’s customers to meet growing demands for advanced communications solutions.The principal components offered by Level 3’s (3)VoIP Enhanced Local service include network trunking, local telephone numbers, local number portability, the safety of E-911, operator assistance, caller ID, directory listings, and directory assistance. The service is designed to allow Level 3 customers to retain the flexibility to manage and control end-user features without the difficulties of implementing complex interconnection arrangements.
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