GSA awards MAA contract for Seattle

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

Seattle is the 24th city to have a competitive service contract under the Metropolitan Area Acquisition program administered by GSA's Federal Technology Service. The contract provides standard voice service and switched data and dedicated transmission services.

FTS gave no estimate of the eight-year contract's value, but aggregate prices are 26 percent below current prices to government users in that market, it said. The price for basic analog phone service is 59 percent below current rates.

Qwest already holds MAA contracts in Albuquerque, N.M., Boise, Idaho, and Denver.

In January, GSA modified the Boise contract to let the company offer Web hosting services to government sites nationwide under the FTS 2001 long-distance communications program.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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