Alaska seeking telecom partner
- By Eric Kulisch
- Oct 03, 2000
Alaska is looking for an industry partner to maintain and expand its statewide
Bids are due Nov. 3, according to Andy Kline, with the state's Information
State officials expect industry players will form teams to compete for
the six-year, value-based contract, Kline said. Rough estimates show state
government spending to be about $20 million per year on telephone service
and network connections, but officials are still calculating the potential
value of the new contract, he said.
Under the new contract, Alaska will streamline the piecemeal approach
of issuing contracts to different vendors and servicing part of the system
"Our infrastructure is in good shape. Companies are basically impressed
with our system. But if we don't start actively partnering, we may start
falling behind. We want to make sure we stay where we are, which is pretty
leading-edge" when it comes to providing services, Kline said.
The winning contractor will provide long-distance service, distance-learning
services, satellite communications and Internet access to all state departments.
A major goal is to increase connections to remote, rural areas.