Four share Boston telecom deal
- By Bryant Jordan
- Aug 03, 2000
Four companies will share the Boston-area federal telecommunications contract
awarded Tuesday by the General Services Administration's Federal Technology
WinStar Communications Inc., AT&T, Southwestern Bell and Bell Atlantic
each have won part of the Metropolitan Area Acquisition (MAA) contract,
which officials say could be worth as much as $270 million during eight
The contract will save the government between $78 million and $80 million,
according to GSA.
Sandra Bates, FTS commissioner, said the contract also marks the first time
that any of the so-called Baby Bells broke out of their region to successfully
bid on a contract in another Bell company's area.
"We think this is an encouraging sign of things to come as full competition
becomes a reality in the local services market," she said.
Southwestern Bell, as the name suggests, is anchored in the southwestern
part of the country, including Texas. Bell Atlantic includes what was formerly
part of Nynex — the New England and New York-based company that emerged
from the breakup of AT&T in the 1980s.
With open competition for local long-distance markets, AT&T has also
been scrambling for MAA contracts. It has won three as a sole contractor — in Chicago, New York and San Francisco — and shares contracts in six other
In addition to the new Boston contract, those include Buffalo, where it
is partnered with Bell Atlantic; Cleveland, with Ameritec; and Indianapolis
and Dallas, with WinsStar and Southwestern Bell.
WinStar, with 11 MAA contracts since March, is the only other company to
be a sole provider for any region. The company holds the MAA contracts for
Cincinnati and Baltimore.
In addition to the contracts it shares with AT&T, WinStar holds MAA
deals in the following locations with the partners indicated.
* Los Angeles, along with Pacific Bell.
* Atlanta and Miami, with Bell South.
* St. Louis, with Southwestern Bell.
* Minneapolis, with US West.
* Denver, with AT&T and Qwest Communications.
FTS has brokered 16 metropolitan-area long distance contracts — worth a
total of about $3.6 billion — across the country.
FTS expects to award MAA contracts in the coming months to cover Philadelphia,
Albuquerque, New Orleans and Boise.