MONROE, La. (AP) — CenturyLink has won a contract from the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency in which the company is charged with providing a communications system that could survive a nuclear attack.

The News-Star reports ( ) the contract could be worth a total of $1.7 million over the next five years.

CenturyLink, which is headquartered in Monroe, will provide a fiber optic system buried in steel pipe encased in concrete conduit to protect it from the effects of high altitude electromagnetic pulses and ensure continuity of service and survivability.

The system operates continuously among Schriever Air Force Base, Peterson Air Force Base and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, connecting all three air bases in the Colorado Springs region.


Information from: The News-Star,