GSA lets Verizon offer services in Baltimore

The General Services Administration has agreed to let Verizon Communications Inc. of New York offer local telephone service to federal customers in Baltimore under the Metropolitan Area Acquisition program.

This is the latest contract modification under GSA's crossover program, intended to open federal telecommunications contracts to increased competition. Federal business in the Baltimore area is expected to be worth $320 million to local service providers between 2000 and 2008.

GSA's Federal Technology Service has awarded competitive contracts for local phone service in 23 cities in the MAA program. Under crossover provisions, MAA contractors can apply to compete for service in other MAA cities one year after contracts were awarded in the target city.

An MAA contract for Baltimore was awarded to Winstar Communications Inc. of New York in March 2000. Verizon was awarded an MAA contract for Norfolk, Va., in January. The Norfolk contract was modified to let Verizon offer analog and Integrated Services Digital Network circuit switched voice and data services in Baltimore, along with dedicated transmission services.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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