PUC note clarifies condition on charity
The written order states that the corporate-giving mandate refers to nonprofit donations.
By Andy Vuong
The three-member Colorado Public Utilities Commission initially OK'd the deal during a hearing Dec. 15 and included a requirement that the combined company maintain Qwest's level of corporate giving in Colorado over the past three years for three years after the merger.
Qwest state president Chuck Ward had questioned the PUC's authority over the company's charitable giving arm, the Qwest Foundation.
The commission's written order specifically refers to nonprofit contributions from the foundation.
presented at the hearing demonstrated the typical levels of cash
contributions to non-profits and charities either directly from
Qwest or through the Qwest Foundation," the order states. "To
provide some assurance to
The companies have 20 days to appeal the decision.
"We are evaluating our options related to this portion of the order," Ward said Tuesday. "Like Qwest, CenturyLink has a long history of supporting the communities in which it operates, and we expect that tradition to continue."
PUC Chairman Ron Binz
proposed the mandate, expressing concern that Qwest's community
involvement would drop because the combined company will be
based at CenturyLink's headquarters in
The written order included Tar pey's dissenting opinion, which states, in part, that the level of charitable contributions is "not for the commission to mandate."