U.S. Government to Begin Using Commercial SatCom Contract

by: Matthew Potter
November 3, 2010

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The U.S. Department of Defense as well as other parts of the government rely heavily on satellite communications. Much of this traffic is able to go via commercial networks rather then using the military’s dedicated systems. Because of this it was decided to let one large omnibus contract that would allow different parts of the government to purchase time from commercial vendors. The General Services Administration (GSA) and Defense Information Services Agency (DISA) set up the Future Commercial Satellite Communications Acquisition (FCSA) Schedule 70 to allow agencies to buy the time they needed.

The contract is for ten years and up to $5 billion worth of services. In order for the contract to begin being used more then one company had to be added to the Schedule.

This was accomplished this week with four different providers now available for use by the Government entities. Segovia, Inc., Hughes Network Systems, CapRock Governemnt Solutions and Artel Inc. are now on the contract.

The idea to combine multiple contracts to provide this service to the government should save on overhead and management costs. It also provides more flexibility for the users to find the best provider at the best price for them.

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  1. Defense Department to Rely on Qwest for High Speed Internet | Defense Procurement News on March 31st, 2011 2:16 am

    […] establishment relies on other commercial communication assets and has recently made a decision to set up an omnibus contract for commercial satellite communications with the rest of the government. This large contract which awards separate contracts to different […]

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