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Qwest: No network sale, now what?

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After a “strategic review” (i.e. we were shopping around), Qwest has decided to hold onto its long-haul network.    Parsing through a press release closing the door on a sale makes for interesting reading.

Qwest says it received “unsolicited indications of interest from potential purchasers” for its long distance network, so it went out and [...]

Qwest: It's the landlines, silly…

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You almost get the impression that Qwest has a death wish.  It wants to sell off a business it is making money with — its long-haul network — while continuing to hold onto all of its (steadily declining) landline business.  What is wrong with this picture?

Since everyone knows Qwest is a wounded duck [...]