AT&T gets GETS

AT&T Government Solutions, a division of Bedminster, N.J.-based AT&T Corp., won a $61.3 million contract from the National Communications System to provide priority calling services for government and industry officials during emergencies.

The contract, known as Government Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS), was first awarded to AT&T in 1993. The follow-on contract is for two years with eight one-year options, the company said.

GETS is accessible from any telephone nationwide using a special calling card and allows federal, state and local officials, as well as key personnel in critical infrastructure protection roles, to make priority calls during natural disasters or emergencies when normal calls are blocked by overloaded networks.

Computer Sciences Corp., El Segundo, Calif., was also awarded a GETS contract. CSC's $81 million contract is for two years with three one-year options. It covers integration support for GETS as well as the Wireless Priority Service program.

AT&T ranked No. 31 on Washington Technology's 2003 Top 100 list, which measures federal contracting revenue. CSC ranked No. 5. Washington Technology's 2004 rankings are due out in May.

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