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CenturyLink completes $12.2B acquisition of Qwest

CenturyLink Inc. completed its purchase of Qwest Communications International Inc. on Friday, combining the country's third- and fourth-largest traditional phone companies into one. Full story

Qwest's latest video licensing bill fails in Idaho

Public-access TV proponents were the mouse that roared Thursday in the House State Affairs Committee, where they helped scuttle a bill aimed at revamping how video franchises are handed out in Idaho. Full story

Qwest to get more than $100M from government deal

The U.S Department of Defense will pay Qwest Communications International Inc. more than $100 million during the next six years to accelerate the speed of its Internet network. Full story

Final Glance: Telecom companies

Shares of some top telecom companies were mixed at the close of trading: Full story

FCC approves CenturyLink buying Qwest

Federal regulators on Friday approved CenturyLink Inc.'s acquisition of Qwest Communications International Inc., on the condition that the combined phone company provide cheap broadband Internet access and computers to poor households. Full story

Former Qwest CEO Nacchio withdraws appeal

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Former Qwest Communications <Q.N> chief Joseph Nacchio voluntarily withdrew an appeal of his criminal conviction on Friday, marking what may be the final chapter of his long running insider trading case. Full story

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