Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Phone Deal Review in December.(Business)

Byline: Winthrop Quigley Journal Staff Writer

PRC To Weigh Qwest Rate, Service Proposal

SANTA FE A proposed telephone-rate and service agreement under which Qwest Communications will invest $788 million in New Mexico over five years will be reviewed in early December by the Public Regulation Commission.

The commissioners Tuesday directed their legal counsel to find a date for the hearing during the week of Dec. 11. Parties supporting the agreement have until Nov. 28 to file testimony. Opponents must file their response by Dec. 5.

Commissioner Lynda Lovejoy proposed staff hearing examiners hear the case and recommend action to the commission, arguing that hearing officers are better equipped to know what questions to ask. …

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