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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

March 10, 2000
Sarah Whitesell (202) 418-2300

Press Statement of Commissioner Gloria Tristani

I am hopeful that the proposed merger between US WEST, Inc. (US WEST) and Qwest Communications International Inc. (Qwest) will fulfill its potential to create tangible pro-consumer benefits. As today's Order states, the merger creates increased incentives for US West to open its local telecommunications market, so that it can make full use of Qwest's long distance network and Internet backbone. A fully open market facilitates competition, bringing more choice, better quality, and lower prices for consumers. In addition, by combining US WEST's experience offering Digital Subscriber Line service with Qwest's high speed, high-capacity network, the merger should facilitate more rapid and widespread broadband deployment.