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Tit for tat…not

Thu, 02/22/2001 - 7:00pm
Karen Kessler-Tanaka

Qwest has given up trying to talk its way onto AT&T Broadband 's network and now intends to force its way in, reports the Rocky Mountain News. Working through public utilities commissions and possibly the FCC, the broadband networks provider will try to stake what it believes is a legal claim on AT&T's network.

Qwest and AT&T have been talking for months, with Qwest unable to persuade AT&T to allow it to lease space on its network. Accessing AT&T's pipes is significant for Qwest because AT&T's networks will fill in gaps in Qwest's network where it is unable to offer DSL service to its subscribers. Qwest could then offer those customers high-speed Internet access via cable modem.

Ironically, AT&T has done exactly that with Qwest's network, purchasing access on its lines to offer DSL to AT&T customers where the cable alternative doesn't exist.

Qwest still is participating in AT&T's open ISP provider experiment, taking place in Boulder, Colo.

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