In addition, the phone company plans to charge commercial voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers a cheaper rate for its local services, it announced. With so-called pure VoIP, voice communications completely bypass the traditional phone network and flow entirely over the Internet.
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"We think its important to establish the policy now," Davis said.
Representatives from the other regional Bell operating companies said they disagreed with Qwest's move.
"We ought to be paid for the use of our networks," said BellSouth spokesman Bill McCloskey.
The move comes a week afterin a bid to shave the cost of providing its long-distance service.