Item Title: Two-year Agreement with BellSouth Long Distance to Provide Both Long Distance Service and Dedicated Circuit Services
Specific Action Requested:
That the Board of Commissioners approve a two-year agreement with BellSouth Long Distance to provide long distance and dedicated circuit services for all County office telephones and a dedicated circuit between the County’s disaster recovery emergency site located in the Swinburne building and the County’s off-site disaster recovery vendor’s facility in Charlotte. Authorize the County Manager to execute a contract on behalf of Wake County for these services.
In 2003 Wake County investigated options for reducing long distance service costs for County office telephones. It was determined that costs could be reduced by switching from the incumbent carrier, AT&T, to BellSouth Long Distance (BSLD) and the County entered into a one-year agreement.
Also in 2003, the County investigated options for the provision of a dedicated, point-to-point circuit between Raleigh and Charlotte to provide connectivity between the County’s emergency disaster recovery facility (coldsite) located in the Swinburne building and the County’s off-site disaster recovery facility provided by SunGard in Charlotte as part of the County’s Disaster Recovery (DR) Plan. The circuit will be used to carry data traffic between the two facilities in the event of a disaster. BSLD was also chosen as the lowest cost provider for this service and the County signed a one-year agreement.
Wake County has used BSLD for the past 12 months for both long distance service and for the dedicated DR circuit and has found the service and support to be very good. County staff has negotiated improved pricing for both services and recommends that the County enter into a two-year agreement that will provide a 39% discount resulting in an estimated annual savings of $6,240 over the current one-year agreements. Under the proposed agreement the rate per minute for long distance service will drop from $.10 to $.09 for intrastate calls and from $.07 to $.05 for interstate calls and the monthly cost for the dedicated circuit will drop by $520 from $1,702 to $1,182.