GSA awards local-service contracts for Indianapolis, St. Louis

GSA awards local-service contracts for Indianapolis, St. Louis

By William Jackson

GCN Staff

APRIL 28—The General Services Administration has awarded contracts worth an estimated $380 million over eight years to four companies for local telephone service in Indianapolis and St. Louis.

The Metropolitan Area Acquisition contracts could save government customers more than $85 million by cutting rates on standard voice service, switched data service and dedicated lines by more than 50 percent, GSA officials said.

GSA's Federal Technology Service has now awarded contracts for local services in 12 cities. "We have now made more than half of the MAA awards we expect to make this fiscal year," FTS commissioner Sandra Bates said.

GSA still plans to award MAA contracts for eight more cities.

WinStar Communications Inc. of New York and SBC Communications Inc. of San Antonio will compete for business in Indianapolis. The contracts have an estimated total value of $240 million, with potential savings of $51 million compared with current rates available to government users.

WinStar, Southwestern Bell Corp. of St. Louis and AT&T Corp. won contracts for St. Louis. The contracts have an estimated total value of $140 million, representing potential savings of $36 million.

The contracts have a base period of four years, with four one-year options.

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