Local area telecom contracts awarded for Detroit

Local area telecom contracts awarded for Detroit

The General Services Administration has awarded local telecommunications service contracts for federal customers in Detroit to SBC Global Services Inc. of San Antonio and to Winstar Communications Inc. of New York.

Detroit is the 23rd market for which contracts have been awarded in the Metropolitan Area Acquisition program of GSA's Federal Technology Service. Estimated value of the eight-year contracts is $23 million, which represents savings of as much as 19 percent over current government prices.

Tom Howder, director of the FTS Office of Regional Services, said that more than 32,000 end users have been moved to MAA contracts, and that five cities have completed the transition process. Transition in New York has been slowed by efforts to restore basic service in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.

MAA contracts include standard voice service as well as switched data service and dedicated transmission service. The contracts can be refreshed to include new services as they become commercially available.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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