Qwest Customers to Get Refund

Qwest Customers to Get Refund

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Qwest Communications International Incorporated will refund thirty-four dollars and twenty-five cents to its Utah customers on their phone bills next month.

Individuals and businesses will see the refunds.

The Denver-based phone company sold its QwestDex telephone directory operation for seven-point-five (B)billion dollars.

Regulators in Utah and other states in which Denver-based Qwest operates said the company's customers should share in the proceeds because the rates they paid helped fund the development and growth of the telephone directory business.

The credits total more than 22 (M)million dollars divided among approximately 670 thousand residential and business customers.

Qwest is under investigation by federal authorities over its accounting practices. The company agreed to sell the directory unit to help avoid bankruptcy.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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