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Competitive pressures push Qwest forward

In a move to make it more competitive with leaders AT&T and MCI WorldCom, Qwest bids for US West and Frontier. Yet Wall Street doesn't look favorably on the proposed deal.

 

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In a move to make it more competitive with leaders AT&T and MCI WorldCom, Qwest makes a bid for US West and Frontier. Yet Wall Street doesn't look favorably on the proposed deal, as Qwest's stock falls sharply.

"This sets the stage for the fourth or fifth supercarrier that's U.S.-based."

- Boyd Peterson, Yankee Group telecommunications analyst

 


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