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|May 21, 1998|
STATEMENT OF FCC CHAIRMAN WILLIAM KENNARD ON U S WEST/AMERITECH/QUEST AGREEMENT
There has been much attention in the press recently concerning arrangements by which U
S WEST and Ameritech have agreed to market within their territories the long distance services
of Qwest Communications Corporation. Commission staff are in the process of reviewing these
arrangements. In order to help us in our review, I have asked the Chief of the Common Carrier
Bureau and the General Counsel to request that U S WEST, Ameritech and Qwest submit to the
Commission all contracts governing the terms and conditions of these arrangements, as well as
any future modifications or amendments to those contracts.|
There have been suggestions that prior Commission precedents clearly address these specific types of arrangements. I do not believe that is the case. The Commission has not had occasion to evaluate these precise arrangements. The Commission will continue to review these arrangements to determine whether they are consistent with the Telecommunications Act and Commission precedent.