Qwest expands MAA contract to include Web hosting

Qwest expands MAA contract to include Web hosting

Qwest Communications International Inc. of Denver has been given permission to cross over from the General Services Administration's local phone service program to its long-distance communications program.

Qwest now can offer Web hosting services nationwide under one of its local service contracts.

Qwest was awarded a contract for service in Boise, Idaho, in August 2000 under GSA's Metropolitan Area Acquisition program. GSA this month approved a modification to that contract to let Qwest offer Web hosting to customers of GSA's FTS 2001 long-distance program. This is the first crossover of its kind under GSA's telecommunications programs.

With the deregulation of the telecommunications industry, GSA's goal is to offer competitive end-to-end local and long-distance service to federal users. Contracts have been awarded in separate programs for each type of service, but contractors are permitted to cross over, using a contract in one program to sell services under the other. GSA must approve contract modifications for such shifts.

Qwest has MAA contracts in Albuquerque, N.M., Denver and Minneapolis as well as Boise. There are no revenue guarantees or estimates of value for the modification.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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