Qwest to seek long-distance approval in local states

Qwest Communications plans to seek permission this summer from federal regulators to offer long-distance services in one of the 14 states where it provides local service, CEO Joseph Nacchio says. Applications for the other 13 states will follow later this year and early next year.

Nacchio this week made the comments at a conference of state regulatory officials in Washington, D.C.

Qwest had to stop offering long-distance services in the 14 states when it acquired US West, which provides local services in the states, eight months ago.

The service provider will be allowed to re-enter the long-distance market in the 14 states once it can prove there is competition in the local services market. Nacchio pointed to recent wholesale agreements with McLeodUSA and Eschelon Telecom as proof that Qwest is promoting local competition.

Nacchio also said Qwest remains on track to meet its 2001 target of between $21.3 billion and $21.7 billion in revenue. The provider expects first-quarter 2001 revenue to grow 11.5% to 12.5% over revenue from first quarter 2000.

This story, "Qwest to seek long-distance approval in local states" was originally published by Network World.

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