GSA awards MAA contracts for Albuquerque and Boise

GSA awards MAA contracts for Albuquerque and Boise

By William Jackson

GCN Staff

SEPT. 1—The General Services Administration has awarded contracts to Qwest Communications Inc. (formerly U.S. West) of Denver to provide local telephone service to federal users in Albuquerque, N.M, and Boise, Idaho.

The contracts, worth an estimated $143 million over eight years, are the latest in the Metropolitan Area Acquisition program, managed by GSA's Federal Technology Service. The awards bring to 18 the number of cities now served in the MAA program. Contracts are expected to come soon for Philadelphia and New Orleans. FTS plans to announce eight cities for the next round of MAA contracts in September. The contracts call for standard switched voice service as well as switched data and dedicated transmission service.

The Albuquerque contract is worth an estimated $102 million. Users could see savings of more than $19 million, a 37 percent decrease from current government rates. The Albuquerque service area includes Bernalillo County, with extended local calling into Belen, Estancia, Laguna Acoma, Los Lunas, Moriarty, Mountainair, Pena Blanca and Tijeras.

The Boise contract is worth an estimated $41 million, a savings of $6.5 million, or 32 percent on current government rates. The Boise service area includes Ada County.

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