In the second major telecommunications deal announced by the GSA in two months, five companies—AT&T, Verizon Communications, Qwest Communications, Sprint Nextel and Level 3 Communications—were granted exclusive rights to compete for a share of the government’s Networx Enterprise contract that is valued at $20 billion over the next ten years. In March, AT&T, Verizon, and Qwest were the winners of the much larger Networx Universal contract, which, in tandem with Networx Enterprise, constitutes the largest overhaul of U.S. government telecommunications systems in 20 years. Valued at up to $48 billion over the next ten years, Networx Universal involves the transition of government communications technologies to an IP-based network that will support a range of broadband applications, including voice-over-Internet protocol, video, web conferencing, and advanced network security features. (While Networx Enterprise will cover many of the same functions as Networx Universal, it has fewer requirements and covers a smaller geographic area.) Like Networx Universal, the winners of the Networx Enterprise contract will offer their services individually to 135 government departments and agencies, which may select from any of the five providers. As a GSA spokesman proclaimed that the award of Networx Enterprise “ provides [government agencies] superior services from the best American companies at the best prices available in the marketplace,” Sprint Nextel—which was left out of the earlier Networx Universal deal—said, “this contract definitely marries up with where we believe is truly the sweet spot for Sprint Nextel.”