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Qwest rolls out 'Heavy Duty' Internet service

Fri, 07/23/2010 - 8:25am
The Associated Press

DENVER (AP) – Qwest Communications International Inc. on Thursday unveiled a fast-speed Internet service that rivals cable TV operators' broadband speeds.

Called "Heavy Duty," Qwest's newest service offers speeds of up to 40 Mbps in selected areas.

At these speeds, users can download a 30-minute TV show in less than a minute and a high-definition movie in 10 minutes.

"Heavy Duty" speeds ranges from 1.5 Mbps to 40 Mpbs at six-month promotional prices of $14.99 and $19.99 per month, depending on the area.

In other Qwest news, former CEO Joe Nacchio is asking if a trial on a civil complaint filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission can be held in Kansas instead of Denver.

The SEC complaint alleges Nacchio and other former Qwest executives misled investors. Nacchio's lawyers said in documents filed in federal court Thursday that he can't get a fair trial in Qwest's hometown, where he was convicted of criminal insider trading charges.

The SEC notes that in June, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a claim by former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling that he didn't get a fair trial in Enron's hometown of Houston on criminal charges.

Nacchio's lawyers responded that unlike for Skilling, media coverage of Nacchio has increased over time.

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•  Nokia's Q2 profit falls 40% to $290M
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