Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Qwest Denies Lines for Sale.(Business)

Byline: Aaron Baca Journal Staff Writer

Company Blames A Misunderstanding

Qwest found itself in the unwanted position of defending itself during a hastily called news conference Tuesday following what company officials said were erroneous reports of a planned sale of 6 million rural phone lines in its 14-state region, including New Mexico.

"We don't think this is a news story," said Steve Davis, Qwest's senior vice president for policy and law issues.

Davis said there was no story because there are no lines being sold right now aside from nearly 600,000 (many of which are in New Mexico) for which contracts were made by US West prior to Qwest's takeover. …

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