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If the VDSL plans of Qwest Communications seemed to be on the backburner before, consider them completely off the stove now after the RBOC struck two separate agreements to bundle and market digital satellite television programming.

On Monday, the same day SBC Communications forged an alliance with EchoStar Communications, Qwest did one better — agreeing to sell DBS services from EchoStar and DirecTV Inc.

Qwest said it expects to roll out EchoStar services initially to single-family homes in Colorado and Nebraska. It will offer DirecTV at first in Phoenix, Tucson and Seattle. Qwest hopes to bundle DBS services in more markets in its midwest territories later this year and into 2004.

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