Qwest’s payroll in region
Thursday, April 22, 2010
180 people in Montana and has a payroll
of $14.5 million. In
Wyoming, the company has 190 employees
and pays nearly $15 million in payroll. Customer numbers were
should be good news for Qwest customers in
Montana, according to Geoff Feiss, general manager
of the Montana Telecommunications Association in Helena.
a record of strong investment in broadband deployment, and I
believe that tradition is likely to continue under this merger,”
major cities in Montana, along with Seattle;
Boise, Idaho; Portland, Ore.; and Spokane, Wash.
In 2000, Qwest
agreed to give up its long-distance business in 14 states to
satisfy a federal antitrust condition in order to buy the former
US West. Qwest later received permission to re-enter those
later, Touch America, the
communications company that evolved from Montana Power Co., lost
a legal dispute with Qwest. Touch
had paid more than $200 million in 2000 for Qwest’s
long-distance telephone business in 14 Western states.
declared bankruptcy and, in 2003, a
bankruptcy judge approved the sale of Touch America’s assets to 360Networks for