U S West cut a deal with Qwest Communications for the Western Baby Bell to market Qwest long-distance service. U S West will not re-brand and bundle the Qwest service, but will sell the service to its customers for a finder's fee payment from Qwest. Analysts say it's a big win for Qwest, which will get consumer recognition with U S West customers. Long-distance companies immediately cried foul, saying the combination is against the spirit of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which was designed to create more competition.
Copyright May 1998, Crain Communications Inc.