Verizon Business has signed a new agreement to continue to provide communications and teleconferencing support to NASA until 2017. Previously, Verizon Business had provided conferencing services to NASA under the GSA’s Federal Telecommunications Service 2001 (FTS2001) contract, the predecessor to the General Services Administration’s Networx Universal contract. Under the extension to the deal, Verizon Business will continue to provide NASA with audio, video and web conferencing services, but will now implement an internet protocol (IP) instant video-conferencing solution too. The contract could be worth up to USD108 million if all options are exercised. ‘Whether NASA is planning its next mission or communicating with astronauts on the international space station, Verizon Business is working with the agency to keep its employees connected throughout its universe,’ said Susan Zeleniak, group president, Verizon Federal. NASA is Verizon Business’s largest federal conferencing customer. Verizon Business also provides the organisation with managed network services, VoIP and PSTN services.