Digital Pennsylvania Enabled by Hughes


Digital Pennsylvania Enabled by Hughes

By Greg Tavarez

Businesses are not the only organizations that need reliable networks. Government agencies depend on networks to meet constituent needs as government websites continue to replace town halls and services become increasingly digital. This ranges from cloud-based applications, accessing public records to connecting remote sites via broadband.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania depends on managed services from Hughes through the Last User Connectivity Contract. Commonwealth agencies include the Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry

After an initial four years, the contract is being renewed, and the agreement enables Hughes to offer statewide agencies its HughesON portfolio of end-to-end solutions.

Hughes, an innovator in satellite and multi-transport technologies and networks, provides broadband equipment and services, managed services and end-to-end network operation for governments across the country. Hughes optimizes networks on a site-by-site basis to meet price, security and performance requirements – with a single source for network design, implementation, billing and ongoing help desk support.

The HughesON portfolio of end-to-end managed network services includes high-performing, reliable and cost-effective connectivity. It also provides perimeter and endpoint cybersecurity protections, Wi-Fi, VoIP and digital signage services.

"Hughes has been a trusted partner to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania since 2018, and we are honored to have the opportunity to continue supporting the state agencies that serve Pennsylvanians every day," said Mike Tippets, vice president at Hughes.

In addition to serving local governments through state-specific contract vehicles, Hughes is the satellite broadband provider on the NASPO ValuePoint contract and is also an authorized provider of high-speed broadband access to schools, libraries and rural health care providers under the E-rate program.

Edited by Erik Linask

MSPToday Editor

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