GSA Seeking Upgrade to DSL

WASHINGTON (07/21/2000) - The U.S. 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 speeds.

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 States.

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 US$25 billion over 10 years to provide or upgrade information technology systems for federal customers.

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