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Two local firms to share $20 billion contract
By Andy Vuong, Staff Writer
Denver Post
Thursday, May 31, 2007

Article Last Updated: 05/31/2007 10:56:07 AM MDT

Two Colorado telecommunications companies are among the five firms awarded a piece of a federal contract worth up to $20 billion over 10 years.

Denver-based Qwest Communications and Broomfield-based Level 3 Communications were selected along with AT&T, Verizon Communications and Sprint Nextel to bid on work for the Networx Enterprise contract, the U.S. General Services Administration announced today.

Qwest, AT&T and Verizon were previously selected to bid on work for the larger Networx Universal contract, which is worth up to $48 billion over 10 years.

Both contracts aim to upgrade the federal government's telecommunications systems.  Enterprise is much smaller in scale and has fewer requirements than Universal.

"Winning Networx represents more than a significant revenue opportunity for Qwest," said Tom Richards, executive vice president of business markets group for Qwest.

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