Bell Atlantic, AT&T win GSA telecommunications contract
- By L. Scott Tillett, L. Scott Tillett
- Feb 28, 2000
The General Services Administration awarded Bell Atlantic Corp. and AT&T
contracts to offer federal agencies local-access telecommunications service
in the Buffalo, N.Y., area.
The business, awarded late last week, is worth
about $40 million over eight years. The contracts cover standard voice and
switched data service.
Bell Atlantic already provides local service to agencies in the Buffalo
area. But AT&T now can win some or all of that business because agencies
can choose between AT&T and Bell Atlantic.
Long-distance powerhouse AT&T
already has established itself as a force for offering local phone service
to federal agencies. In May, the company won similar GSA contracts to offer
local service in New York City, Chicago and San Francisco. Those contracts
are worth more than $680 million.
With Buffalo, the prices GSA negotiated
could save the federal government as much as $8.3 million, according to
"We believe that our success benefits the American taxpayer twofold:
once by the direct savings achieved and again by stimulating the development
of viable competition in the industry," GSA Administrator David J. Barram