INDIANAPOLIS—The Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator Inc. (MISO), an organization created to operate electric transmission systems, has awarded AT&T Solutions a five-year, $20-million contract to design, build and manage a state-of-the-art networking infrastructure.

AT&T Solutions, the networking professional services subsidiary of AT&T, will build an Internet Protocol-based network that enables Midwest ISO to operate the transmission power grid across the Midwestern United States and Central Canada. AT&T Solutions will build and manage a flexible, scalable networking infrastructure, comprising a wide area network (WAN), local area networks (LANs), servers and voice networking, including voice over IP.

The Midwest ISO is one of five regional electric transmission organizations in the U.S. created to ensure reliable power delivery by providing member utilities access to a large regional transmission system, maintaining system reliability and security, and coordinating planning of transmission system development.

“Midwest ISO’s mission revolves around our ability to coordinate members’ activities on behalf of their customers—and reliable, state-of-the-art networking and communications capabilities are central to that function,” said Michael Gahagan, Midwest ISO vice president and chief information officer. “As the global leader in networking solutions, AT&T is a natural strategic partner for us.”

“State-of-the-art capabilities and unquestioned reliability are critically important to the Midwest ISO,” said Brian Maloney, AT&T Solutions chief operating officer. “We’re looking forward to working with the Midwest ISO and its members to build a networking infrastructure that supports the transmission of electricity to millions of homes and businesses.”