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Q: Trying to Expand Long Distance Offerings, Qwest Opens Local Phone Service

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announced initiatives to increase competition for local telephone service, which will help speed up Qwest's ability to sell long-distance service in states in which the telecommunications company acquired local exchanges through its merger with the former

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Qwest, which already has long-distance and Internet services, wants to be able to sell bundled packages of local, long-distance and Internet service. Its efforts come as local phone companies are trying to break into the long-distance market.