GSA awards local-service contracts for Atlanta and Miami

GSA awards local-service contracts for Atlanta and Miami

By William Jackson

GCN Staff

APRIL 27—The General Services Administration has awarded contracts worth an estimated $660 million over eight years for local telephone service in Atlanta and Miami. BellSouth Corp. and WinStar Communications Inc. of New York will compete in both cities for government business under the Metropolitan Area Acquisition program.

The contracts could save government customers more than $200 million by cutting rates on standard voice service, switched data service and dedicated lines by more than 60 percent, GSA officials said.

GSA's Federal Technology Service manages the MAA program. The latest awards bring to 10 the total number of cities for which contracts have been awarded. GSA expects to award contracts for 10 more cities. Awards are expected soon for Indianapolis and St. Louis.

The contracts each have a base period of four years, with four one-year options. The Atlanta contracts serve a six-county metropolitan area and are worth an estimated $520. The potential savings are $174 million, compared with current rates available to government users, GSA estimated. The Miami contracts are for Dade and Broward counties and are worth an estimated $140 million. The potential savings are $44 million, compared with current rates.

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