The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Detroit Public Schools contract with Inflexion:
How does this happen?

Aug 2, 2004

Last month, Inflexion Communications, a little known Internet phone company based in Detroit, announced it had won a contract with the Detroit Public School district to supply local phone service to all its schools and other buildings. The contract will be paid through E-rate, a government fund supposedly created to wire schools for access to the Internet. It is the "largest E-rate voice services contract ever awarded," according to Dwayne Goldsmith, Inflexion's CEO.

Why would the 11th largest school district in the country hand such a large contract, covering 17,000 phones and other services, to a brand-new start-up – an unknown company with no track record or experience on such a large scale?

The answer can probably be found when we find out who at Inflexion knows someone on the Detroit School Board!