ATLANTA -- Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue recommended the Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) stop the Converged Communications Outsourcing Project (CCOP). The project was intended to outsource local, long distance and wireless phone services, high-speed Internet access, and video and two-way radio systems for state government and public school systems.

In late January, left with only one bidder for the project, Perdue announced the formation of the CCOP Task Force to analyze the feasibility of the contract, which was valued at approximately $1.8 billion over ten years. The task force was charged with gathering information about the project, analyzing alternatives and making recommendations. According to the governor's office the task force will deliver its written report by early April.

A statement from the governor's office said the "CCOP Task Force should not have its hands tied while reviewing Georgia's telecommunications needs. The Task Force will review all components of this project and they would not be able to do so if the bid were to continue as planned."