DENVER -- Qwest Communications International Inc. (Nasdaq: QWST) today announced that it has signed a marketing agreement to provide long-distance services for enable , a leading marketing services company and joint venture of KN Energy (NYSE: KNE) and PacifiCorp (NYSE: PPW). The agreement provides Qwest with an efficient way to reach millions of consumers as enable markets the Simple Choice brand to utilities across the nation. The agreement positions Qwest among the first to offer value-added consumer services in the deregulated telecommunications and energy environments. For enable, the agreement allows the company to deliver another quality service through its Simple Choice brand. Simple Choice now offers more than two dozen home-oriented, energy, communications and entertainment services with one call, on one bill and payable with one check to the local utility. The service, offered under the Simple Choice communications brand, will leverage Qwest's high capacity, fiber optic network and low cost market position. "We're committed to bring the benefits of the new Qwest network to consumers," said Joseph P. Nacchio, president and CEO of Qwest. "This agreement allows us to strategically reduce our costs of selling to and servicing customers with smart and flexible practices. With this deal, not only are we leveraging enoable's base of 1.7 million customers and growing to give us immediate entry and extensive reach into the long-distance market, we're taking advantage of an extremely efficient distribution channel." Qwest services to be offered under Simple Choice include:
- One Plus Outbound Long Distance - the basic service enabling customers to make outbound long distance calls from any local telephone,
- Calling Card - a traditional, telephone calling card allowing the customer to place calls from anywhere in the United States, Canada and 34 countries around the world.
- Special International Pricing - competitive international pricing for all the services listed above.
"We're extremely pleased to add Qwest services to our Simple Choice label offerings," said Mort Aaronson, enable president and CEO. "Consumers are looking for the convenience and dependability of one call, one bill and one check. enable seeks to bring this to consumers through their local utilities, and Qwest provides us with yet another quality service to add to our robust portfolio of products and services." Simple Choice customers will be able to take advantage of Qwest services beginning Sept. 15. About enable
enable markets the Simple Choice brand to utilities nationwide and internationally. It develops robust products and service portfolios, partnership support for customer service and billing infrastructure, and partnership channels to help utilities successfully market Simple Choice to their customers in a deregulated environment. enable is a limited liability company owned by KN Services, Inc. and PacifiCorp Holdings, Inc. KN Services is a wholly owned, non-regulated subsidiary of KN Energy. PacifiCorp Holdings, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of PacifiCorp.
PacifiCorp (NYSE: PPW) is an investor-owned international electric utility and diversified energy service company, with assets of $14 billion. Headquartered in Portland, Ore., PacifiCorp is the third largest electronic utility company west of the Rocky Mountains.
About KN Energy, Inc.
KN Energy, Inc., (NYSE: KNE), based in Lakewood, Colo., is an integrated energy service company with operations that include natural gas gathering, processing, marketing, storage, transportation, energy commodity sales - natural gas and natural gas liquids - and innovative services designed for consumers, utilities and commercial entities.
For more information about Simple Choice, visit the home page at www.simplechoice.com and for more information about Enable, visit enable.simplechoice.com.
Qwest Communications International, Inc. (Nasdaq: QWST) is a multimedia communications company building a high-capacity, fiber optic network for the 21st century. Qwest's planned domestic network will connect 125 cities, which represent approximately 80 percent of the data and voice traffic originating in the United States, upon its completion in the second quarter of 1999. Qwest is also extending its network 1,400 miles into Mexico with completion slated for late third quarter 1998. With its cutting-edge technology, Qwest will deliver high-quality voice, data and video connectivity securely and reliably to businesses, consumers and other communications service providers.
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