Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Qwest Investment Has Opponents.(New Mexico)

Byline: Rosalie Rayburn Journal Staff Writer

Both sides of the debate on the proposed Qwest investment plan aired their opinions Wednesday at an open hearing before the Public Regulation Commission.

"A delay would jeopardize the climate of cooperation with Qwest and its commitment to invest $788 million," said Ed O'Leary, spokesman for the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce.

Urging approval for the plan, O'Leary said the chamber was concerned that failure to agree on the plan would send a harmful signal to businesses both in New Mexico and beyond.

Qwest's investment plan calls for spending $788 million in telecommunications infrastructure in the state over five years. …

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