SANTA FE, N.M., September 18, 2001 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband communications company, moved another step closer to offering New Mexico customers a real choice in long-distance service when the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) approved four more of the 14 checklist items necessary for the company?s re-entry into the long-distance business.
?Our progress continues in our long distance application and it is clear that our network is open to competitors,? said John Badal, Qwest vice president, New Mexico.
A study by Professor Jerry A. Hausman, Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Telecommunications Economics Research Program, found that New Mexico residents could save up to $65 million annually in local and long-distance charges once Qwest is allowed to re-enter the long-distance market. After Qwest is approved to re-enter the long-distance business, the company will be able to provide customers with another competitive choice for long-distance service, as well as offer bundled services and the convenience of a single bill.
The federal checklist items and other issues are divided among five workshops. The one certified as complete today included Interconnection and Collocation; Number Portability; Reciprocal Compensation; and Resale. Earlier workshops have certified that Qwest was open to competitors in providing equal access to Poles, Conduits & Rights-of-Way; 911, Directory Assistance and Operator Services; White Page Listings and Number Administration; Dialing Parity; and Signaling and Databases.
Additional recommendations on other checklist requirements are expected through the fall.
When Qwest acquired U S WEST, the company had to divest itself of its long-distance holdings in the 14 western states where US WEST provided local service. Under the Telecommunications Act, Qwest can re-enter the long-distance business when it satisfies a 14-point federal checklist for each state.
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