Sprint offers local service in NYC

Sprint offers local service in NYC

Sprint Corp., an FTS 2001 long-distance provider, has begun offering local telephone service in New York City.

The move could help Sprint compete against AT&T Corp., a provider of local telephone service in the New York area under the General Services Administration's Metropolitan Area Acquisition program.

If and when Sprint will sell services through MAA is undecided, Sprint spokesman Brad Bass said.

'We do intend at some point to market the service to federal customers, but when is up in the air,' Bass said.

Sprint last month began offering local service in New York, Long Island, Albany, Buffalo and Syracuse. Initial offerings are residential, Bass said. Expansion to the commercial market, which could include government customers, is expected next year.

Sprint received an FTS 2001 contract one year ago, and MCI WorldCom Inc. got another contract a month later. MCI WorldCom has announced plans to acquire Sprint pending regulatory approval. AT&T swept the first round of MAA contracts for service in New York, Chicago and San Francisco in May.'

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