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Qwest wins government deal

Qwest Communications International has won a five-year contract to supply Web-hosting services to the Treasury Department's Bureau of Public Debt. The contract calls for Qwest to provide the bureau with managed hosting for PeopleSoft ERP (enterprise resource planning) software. It will be hosted at a Qwest site in northern Virginia. Financial details of the contract were not released, but Qwest described it as a multimillion dollar deal.

The deal was awarded under the General Services Administration's Federal Technology Service Long Distance Crossover program, which allows carriers that meet certain criteria to modify their contracts to offer government agencies alternative choices for telecommunications services.