US West Lands Telecom Deal

WASHINGTON (06/26/2000) - U.S. West Inc., a Denver-based telecommunications company, has snagged its first major telecom contract from the federal government - a $60 million deal that it will split with wireless telecom company Winstar Communications Inc.

Under the contract, which U.S. West announced June 23, the companies will be serving Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, area.

It marks Winstar's seventh Metropolitan Area Acquisition award from the General Services Administration. The companies will provide a range of communications services, including voice phone, to federal agencies and offices within a large metropolitan area.

The GSA administers the program with the aim of keeping federal phone costs down in local areas by permitting regional companies to compete for the business.

The agency already has awarded MAA contracts for Atlanta; Boston; Buffalo, New York; Chicago; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; St. Louis; and San Francisco.

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