Qwest also is going to want to have the resellers sell Web and application hosting out of its so-called CyberCenters, obtained in a recent acquisition of ISP and hosting company Icon CMT. Qwest officials like to say they have seven CyberCenters, but right now they only have three up and running -- in Weehawken, N.J., Denver and San Francisco. Qwest is racing to open two more in California -- in Burbank and Sunnyvale -- by July 1.
That push helps explain why Qwest is not only bidding for US West but also Frontier, a long-distance carrier that owns GlobalCenter, which is a Webhosting specialist with 11 sites around the country. Speculation has run rampant that Qwest might forgo Frontier for US West in negotiations with Global Crossing -- the other company now bidding for the US West-Frontier package.