Qwest Gets LD Approval in 9 States

FCC authorizes Qwest to provide long-distance service in Colo., Idaho, Iowa, Mont., Nebr., North Dakota, Utah, Wash., and Wyo.

December 23, 2002

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WASHINGTON -- Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it voted to approve Qwest’s multi-state application to provide in-region, interLATA service originating in the following nine states: Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Approval of Qwest’s multi-state application promises benefits to consumers by making increased competition in all markets for telecommunications services possible. Qwest stated in its application that competing carriers serve approximately 23% of all lines in Colorado, 11% of all lines in Idaho, 18% of all lines in Iowa, 6% of all lines in Montana, 32% of all lines in Nebraska, 22% of all lines in North Dakota, 23% of all lines in Utah, 19% of all lines in Washington, and 12% of all lines in Wyoming. With the FCC’s approval of Qwest’s nine state application, about 75% of Bell Operating Company (BOC) lines have been approved for in-region, interLATA service.Qwest Communications International Inc.

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