throws out Qwest lawsuit in N.M.
By The Associated Press
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Santa Fe -
U.S. District Judge William Johnson has dismissed Qwest's
lawsuit against the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission,
ruling that the federal court had no jurisdiction over the
The suit challenged the PRC's 2001 order requiring Qwest to
invest $788 million in New Mexico's aging telecommunications
system by next month. Qwest expects to be about $200
million short by the deadline.
The PRC last April ordered Qwest to comply with the original
order after public hearings indicated the company was
The PRC had allowed Qwest to impose two rate increases in
return for the investments but found Qwest did not make any
further investments after the second rate hike.
Qwest also has appealed the PRC's order to the state Supreme
Court, which heard arguments Feb. 14. A decision is