Level 3 Maps Too Vague For $99M Cable Contract, GAO Says

By Bryan Koenig (July 5, 2016, 3:40 PM EDT) -- A U.S. Department of Defense agency properly rejected Level 3 Communications LLC's proposal for a $98.7 million fiber-optic network contract because the maps the company provided were of such low detail they showed the cable touching Iran's border, the U.S. Government Accountability Office recently found.

Level 3 was supposed to provide .kmz or .kml files to show the cable's exact proposed placement in Google Earth, but instead provided only printed maps in a .pdf file, making the depictions so vague they appeared to show the cable touching the Iran-Iraq border and violating a request-for-quotations requirement to avoid certain countries, the GAO...

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