SBC joins FTS 2001 contract

SBC joins FTS 2001 contract

The General Services Administration's FTS 2001 telecommunications contract has a new long-distance provider: SBC Communications Inc. of San Antonio.

Under a contract modificationto the governmentwide program, SBC can compete for federal long-distance business in voice, data, PremierSERV network management and other services.

SBC, the former Southwestern Bell operating company, already held contracts under GSA's Metropolitan Area Acquisition program to supply competitive local service to agencies in Boston, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, San Antonio and St. Louis.

Last year, SBC subsidiary SBC DataComm Inc. received a networking services contract under GSA's Connections program. That contract was modified for the FTS 2001 crossover program.

Crossover allows modification of telecom contract vehicles so carriers can compete for the government's long-distance business. GSA's goal is seamless, competitive, local and long-distance telecom and networking services.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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