Qwest plans cybercenter in Albuquerque
The Associated Press
Saturday, August 2, 2008
SANTA FE — Some funds for a planned $40 million
Qwest Communications cybercenter in
can count toward state-mandated service improvements, the state
Public Regulation Commission said. The commission ruled
Thursday that Qwest could count $7.8 million worth of
investments in the planned data center toward $255 million in
infrastructure improvements required under a 2-year-old
agreement between the
company and the state.
The center will allow Qwest's corporate customers to store
computer equipment and backup data in a secure, controlled
environment with direct hookups to major communications
backbones, the Albuquerque Journal reported in a copyright story
Opponents — which included the state's Department of Information
Technology, the PRC's own telecommunications staff and an
existing data center — argued the cybercenter would do nothing
to improve telephone or Internet service for most of Qwest's
customers. Furthermore, they questioned why Qwest didn't
want to spend any of its own money outside of the promised
investment on the first stages of the project.
When Qwest made its request last month, Qwest asked to count $10
million — the entirety of its expected initial investment in the
cybercenter — toward improvements.
Commission Chairman Jason Marks said the project straddled "the
borderline between what we did and did not envision" in creating
But, he said, the project would help anchor Qwest in the state,
potentially attract some of its customers here, and could help
spur further development.
The final agreement with Qwest will also include a provision
that if Qwest discontinues the cybercenter project within five
years, the funds will be used for service improvements.
Opponents still could appeal the ruling.