Bryan, Texas-based SkyFiber is the first optical wireless broadband (OWB) provider to win permission from the state of Texas to sell OWB services to state agencies, schools and related entities under the DIR -Texas Agency Network’s Next Generation Program.

OWB uses infrared light to provide more than 1 Gbps of broadband connectivity at low cost. The technology reportedly is highly secure, compact and easily deployable — taking less than a day to install. It also can be used to relieve mobile-backhaul bottlenecks and to connect business campuses, “making it a valuable addition to DIR’s Texas Agency Network (Tex-AN) Next Generation portfolio,” the company says.

The Tex-AN is the state’s infrastructure for communications technology services, including both networks and equipment. The Tex-AN delivers 5,700 broadband circuits to more than 700 cities, municipalities, state agencies, schools, universities, and assistance organizations across the state. All state agencies are required to use Tex-AN contracts to meet their communications technology needs and, in addition many cities, counties and many other eligible organizations, use these contracts as well to take advantage of the highly competitive prices and efficient delivery system.

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