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Commissioner Smith Comment On U S WEST/Qwest Merger
 
July 19, 1999 (1999-029)
 
Contacts: Joan H. Smith, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Ron Karten, Public Information Officer, 503 378-8962
 
Salem, Ore. – Commissioner Joan Smith issued the following statement regarding the proposed merger of U S WEST Communications, Inc. and Qwest Communications International Inc.:
 
"Business decisions like the U S WEST/Qwest merger are beyond the jurisdiction of the OPUC.
This match-up makes more sense for Oregon and customers than the Global Crossing proposal did. I believe a new service culture and Qwest interest in broadband mean good things for Oregon’s telecommunications future."
 
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