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AT&T to wire Capitol Hill buildings

AT&T Government Solutions is working on a project to connect 14 government buildings on Capitol Hill to its local fiber network by the end of the year.

The move is part of AT&T's strategy to compete for phone, data, video and broadband business at Congress, the General Accounting Office and other Washington, D.C., locations.

Chris Rooney, president of AT&T Government Solutions, said the company is "knocking on doors all over Capitol Hill."

AT&T has become much more competitive since Rooney, who had previously headed federal business at Sprint, took over its federal division a year ago.

Last fall, AT&T bought a 100-mile regional fiber network to expand its reach in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore areas, according to spokesman Jim McGann. The expanded network allows the company to offer its services on Capitol Hill and elsewhere in the area. With the addition of the new network, AT&T now has 19,600 miles of local metro fiber nationwide.

The buildings to be connected to the expanded network include the Russell Senate Office Building; the Hart Senate Office Building; the Jefferson, Adams and Madison buildings of the Library of Congress; the Cannon House Office Building; the Longworth House Office Building; the Rayburn House Office Building; the Ford House Annex; the Dirksen Senate Office Building; Postal Square; the Government Printing Office; the General Accounting Office; and the U.S. Capitol.

Sprint adds wireless service to FTS 2001

Sprint has added its PCS Vision wireless services to its offerings on the General Services Administration's FTS 2001 contract. PCS Vision includes high-speed connectivity for laptops and handheld devices, along with Web access, messaging and imaging for mobile phones and other devices on Sprint's PCS network.

Sprint and WorldCom Inc. were the first two vendors awarded the FTS 2001 contract, which expires in 2006. AT&T has since joined them.

The contract allows agencies to purchase long-distance voice and data services. Sprint also can provide services to agencies to make existing applications available over wireless networks, said Tony D'Agata, vice president and general manager of Sprint's Government Systems Division. That ability would allow workers in the field to access databases or software from remote locations.

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