AT&T's local-service contract goes long distance

AT&T's local-service contract goes long distance

The General Services Administration has modified AT&T Corp.'s local phone service contract to let the carrier offer long-distance service under the FTS 2001 program. AT&T's is the second contract to cross over from the Metropolitan Area Acquisition local-service program. The first was Qwest Communications International Inc. of Denver, which was allowed to offer Web hosting nationwide.

Under the original FTS 2000 program in the 1990s, AT&T was a leading provider of long-distance service to government users, but it did not receive a follow-on FTS 2001 award. The company successfully competed in the MAA program to win local service contracts in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, with the understanding that it could cross over to FTS 2001.

AT&T now can offer nationwide services, including switched long-distance voice, toll-free voice, circuit-switched data, private lines, asynchronous transfer mode networking, and frame relay and expanded IP services.

The modification drew applause from Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), chairman of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on Technology and Procurement Policy, who has been critical of GSA's management of the FTS 2001 and MAA programs.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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