TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CBSMiami/AP) — Telecommunications company AT&T is raising questions about a new contract awarded to a rival to provide phone and internet services to the state of Florida.
AT&T now has the current contract which expires in 2016. But the company contends the administration of Gov. Rick Scott changed the requirements for a new contract after bids had been initially submitted.
AT&T's filing with the Department of Management Services contends "material changes" provided a competitive advantage to a subsidiary of Florida-based Harris Corp.
A DMS spokeswoman said she could not comment on the protest. A spokesman for Harris also declined comment.
AT&T paid a $3.6 million bond in order to challenge the contract. That equals about 1 percent of what AT&T was asking to get paid if it won the bid. The contract awarded by DMS is for seven years with an option for a seven-year renewal.
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