GSA chooses MAA contractor for Salt Lake City

The General Services Administration has awarded a contract for local phone service to federal agencies in the Salt Lake City area to Qwest Communications International Inc. of Denver.

Salt Lake City is the 25th area to receive competitive local service under the Metropolitan Area Acquisition program administered by GSA's Federal Technology Service. The MAA contract provides standard voice, switched data and dedicated transmission services.

The contract originally went to Qwest in July but was protested by XO Communications Inc. of Reston, Va. The General Accounting Office resolved the protest in October in GSA's favor, clearing the way for Qwest. XO Communications was added to the MAA qualified-vendor list in October 2001 but later filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is now restructuring its finances.

The Salt Lake City contract is for four years with a four-year option. Qwest already holds MAA contracts for Albuquerque, N.M.; Boise, Idaho; Denver; Minneapolis; and Seattle.

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

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