MAA contract awarded for Seattle

MAA contract awarded for Seattle

The General Services Administration awarded a contract to Qwest Communications International Corp. of Denver for local phone service in the Seattle area.

Seattle is the 24th city in which competitive-service contracts have been awarded under the Metropolitan Area Acquisition program, administered by GSA's Federal Technology Service. Qwest will offer standard voice services as well as switched data and dedicated transmission services.

No estimates have been given for the total value of the eight-year contract, but aggregate prices offered are 26 percent below current prices available to government customers in the area. The price for basic analog service is 59 percent below current rates.

GSA has estimated that competitive prices available under MAA could save the government more than $1 billion over the life of the program. Delays in bringing customers onto the MAA contracts have reduced those savings, however. Only about half of the phone lines eligible to take advantage of the contracts have been switched over.

Qwest has several MAA contracts, and has been allowed to offer Web hosting services to government customers under GSA's FTS 2001 long-distance telecommunications program.

About the Author

William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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