Verizon Federal gets contract for local phone service in Norfolk

Verizon Federal gets contract for local phone service in Norfolk

The General Services Administration has awarded Verizon Federal Inc. of Washington a contract for local phone service in the Norfolk, Va., area valued at up to $350 million over eight years.

Norfolk is the 24th city for which a competitive local service contract has been awarded under GSA's Metropolitan Area Acquisition program. The contracts cover switched data service and dedicated transmission services as well as standard voice service. Areas covered under the Verizon contract include the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson and Williamsburg, York County, and the northern portions of the cities of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.

Prices under the Verizon contract average 16 percent less than prices currently available to federal users in the area. Savings for basic analog voice services are estimated at more than 27 percent over eight years.

MAA is now in its third phase of contract awards. Contracts are expected to be awarded for Seattle and Salt Lake City.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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