In October, MiCTA a representative purchasing organization for educational, government and other non-profits in Michigan and nationwide released an RFP for digital services for its constituents. Verizon was chosen to expand the scope of available solutions for MiCTA represented organizations.
The expanded slate of services includes cloud computing, managed hosting, mobile device management and content delivery capabilities. Verizon will also be providing some of its managed security services.
In addition, certain purchases made by schools and libraries may qualify for Universal Service Fund e-rate funding, a Federal Communications Commission program that helps schools and libraries obtain affordable broadband. The application period for funding year 2015 opened on Jan. 14 and runs through March 26.
MiCTA, previously known as the Michigan Collegiate Telecommunications Association, offers its thousands of member organizations a common master services agreement for the purchase of a wide array of communications and information technology solutions to help reduce the costs, complexity and risks of traditional contracting.
The new agreement between MiCTA and Verizon runs through 2016 and replaces an existing one that was set to expire in August 2015. The original MiCTA-Verizon agreement was signed in October 2010.