SALT LAKE CITY, March 19, 2002 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q), the broadband communications company, today announced that Robin Riggs has been appointed as vice president of policy and law for Utah. Riggs has been serving as the acting vice president since his predecessor Ted Smith?s retirement.
"As a native Utahn I recognize it?s important that Qwest continue to offer reliable and affordable telecommunications services to our Utah customers,? said Riggs. ? I also look forward to continuing the real progress Qwest has made in improving customer service, and in re-entering the interstate long-distance business, a move that will save Utahns $73 million dollars annually.?
A recent study by Professor Jerry A. Hausman, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Telecommunications Economics Research Program, found that Utah consumers could save as much as $73 million per year if Qwest is allowed to compete for their long-distance service. Customers are expected to save 10 to 20 percent on long- distance in the first year of real competition.
When Qwest acquired U S WEST, the company had to divest itself of its long-distance operations in the 14 western states where U S WEST provided local service. Under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Qwest can re-enter the long-distance business once its application to the FCC has been approved.
Riggs received a law degree from Brigham Young University in 1982. He held positions in the Legislative General Counsel?s Office in Utah from 1982 to 1992, when he became general counsel to Governor Michael Leavitt. Riggs left in 1997 to join a private lobbying firm before moving on to Qwest in 1999 where he served as director of public affairs.
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