FCC's high-speed data ruling could benefit Qwest
By Jeff Smith
Rocky Mountain News
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Analysts expect Qwest Communications to seek relief from
regulations on high-speed data services in wake of a Verizon
victory on the issue. The Federal Communications Commission
this week exempted Verizon from being required to give
competitors access to its non-Internet, high-capacity data
networks for resale. AT&T said Tuesday it would file a similar
request to the FCC.
Donna Jaegers, a telecommunications analyst at Janco Partners in
Greenwood Village, said she expects Qwest, which operates a
nationwide fiber-optic network, also will seek a level playing
field with Verizon.
"It's important," Jaegers said of the regulatory relief. "It
will give (Qwest) more flexibility to compete for the very large
That would include corporations, universities and government
Qwest said it was still examining the implications of the
"The bottom line is we're still looking at how this affects us
and what our next move is," said Qwest spokesman Skip Thurman.
FCC said Verizon should be able to continue building high-speed
data networks without undue regulation.
But competitive providers that rely on access to the networks
are expected to appeal the decision.
Jaegers said at issue are high-capacity lines of more than 45
megabits a second. "So this is the really, really big
bandwidth, like the fiber link between a corporate headquarters
and its storage area network" where back-up data records are
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