GSA puts $35B Connections II vehicle on the track

By officially releasing a draft request for proposals this week for the upcoming Connections II contract, the General Services Administration (GSA) believes that government agencies will have a "one-stop shop" for telecom and networking products and services.

As a successor to the Connections contract that expires next year, Connections II will complement the woefully behind schedule telecom services Networx contract (currently held by AT&T, Qwest, Verizon, Level 3 and Sprint) with a set of IT networking capabilities, including: communications and networking; IT operations, administration and management support; customer service and technical support; and building/campus facility preparation.

With an estimated price tag of $35 billion, the GSA Connections II RFP said it will cover "all labor and equipment necessary to support communications and networking solutions at the LAN, building, campus, and enterprise level."

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