The Navajo County Community College District Governing Board approved the second phase of a $1.5 million telecommunications system upgrade and the purchase of additional security software during a special meeting on Friday, July 28.
The board approved two labor contracts, totaling $394,963, to Johnson Technical Services (JTS), a Texas-based telecommunications company, to install new antennas and radio equipment and remove decommissioned equipment from 14 towers that link NPC locations south of I-40. Tribal law required a separate contract, for $59,114, for work on the three towers on the White Mountain Apache Reservation. That contract included a 20 percent surcharge to the tribe.
The college's Chief Information Officer PJ Way explained the upgrade will replace aging equipment, increase reliability and will provide a redundant connection between the college's two main telecommunications hubs in Holbrook and Show Low.
In February, the board had authorized the purchase of the microwave network hardware to be installed, also from JTS, for $731,759. Work on the towers is expected to be completed before November in this second phase.
The board also authorized the $295,685 purchase from CDW-G of software applications, licensed for five years, to enhance the college's ability to defend the digital environment against intrusion and malware, enforce policy controls and improve firewall controls. The software will run on equipment, authorized for purchase in May at $76,764.
The next regularly-scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, August 15, beginning at 10 a.m., in the Tiponi Community Center on the Holbrook – Painted Desert Campus, 2251 E. Navajo Blvd. Copies of the agenda are posted online at least 24 hours in advance.
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