FTS division is soliciting contract bids to upgrade copper phone lines to handle highspeed Internet access
The General Services Administration, through its Federal Technology Service
division in California, is soliciting contract bids to upgrade the agency's
copper phone lines to handle high-speed Internet access.
In an announcement made Thursday, the FTS' Pacific Rim Region indicated
that it intends to issue contracts to provide Digital Subscriber Line service
to the agency's 10 regional locations nationwide, including Alaska and Hawaii.
Solicitations begin Aug. 1.
With DSL, of which there are several types, data can be packed onto
copper wires, enabling existing phone lines to access the Internet at high
Thursday's announcement indicated that several service and supply contracts
will be awarded for the New England Region office in Boston. These contracts
are to assure a source of supply for DSL services anywhere within the United
Separately, contracts will go to companies providing DSL services to
GSA's 10 regional locations nationwide. These may include regional providers
in some parts of the country as well as local metropolitan-area providers
and national providers, according to the announcement.
GSA officials were not available for comment Thursday.
Under terms of the contracts, services will have to include installation,
wiring and coordination of the DSL service with the local phone service
carrier, as well as technical help.
The program appears to be connected to GSA's Applications "N' Support
for Widely Diverse End-User Requirements program. Answer is worth a potential
$25 billion over 10 years to provide or upgrade information technology systems
for federal customers.
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