StimulatingBroadband.com 03/25/2010 San Francisco - Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) announced earlier today that it has filed one or more applications, for a total of $350 million in broadband stimulus grants to the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Today's announcement by Qwest marks its departure from the ranks of the 2 other large Bell Operating Companies, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ), which have both stated multiple objections to the federal broadband stimulus program of the Obama Administration. The application submittal deadline for the portion of the program to which Qwest applied is Monday, March 29.
To date, Qwest, headquartered in Denver, has not specified what proposed service areas it is targeting within its 14 state service territory for the grant applications to the Broadband Infrastructure Program (BIP) managed by RUS. StimulatingBroadband.com is working to confirm this, the "devil is the details," aspect of this important story.
Following its release of a one page press statement this morning, the carrier recently posted a series of short videos on its media relations site. Each video of the group of 5 presentations features a Qwest government affairs executive giving summary information about the package of applications.
We have posted the first of such presentations, that of Steve Davis, Senior VP of Qwest Public Policy and Government Relations:
In a job title practice going back to before Divestiture, the breakup of the Bell System in 1984, the lead government affairs and public policy manager in each state is designated that state's president by the operating company. That practice is seen as 4 of the 5 videos are produced with the respective state presidents of Arizona, Colorado, Iowa-South Dakota, and North Dakota.