PORT ANGELES: City Council endorses Qwest plan

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PORT ANGELES — The City Council has endorsed a plan by Qwest Communications to enter the long-distance telephone business.

The company, formerly U S West, has been seeking federal and state approval to offer long-distance service on the Peninsula and around its 14-state territory.

Qwest officials believe the company has met the requirements of the 1996 Telecommunications Act that will allow it to enter the long distance-market later this year.

The City Council resolution approved Tuesday encourages competition.

It states that the company’s entry into the market would increase “not only the level of long-distance competition, but also the amount of competition for and investment in other telecommunications services.”

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