February 23, 2005 |
Qwest Communications International Inc. received approval to continue bidding on future government contracts, 2 1/2 years after federal officials began a review in the wake of an accounting scandal. The General Services Administration concluded there was no basis for administrative action against Qwest, noting that the company had made management changes and enhanced its disclosure practices.
February 19, 2005 |
Former Qwest Communications International Inc. executive Marc Weisberg was indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver on charges of reaping $2.9 million by abusing his position as manager of the company's corporate investments. According to the 12-count indictment, Weisberg, 47, secretly invested in companies that had offered investment opportunities to Qwest in March 1999 through September 2001.
February 18, 2005 |
Qwest Communications International Inc. said Thursday that it would submit a new offer to buy MCI Inc., raising the prospect of a bidding war with Verizon Communications Inc. Qwest said Chairman Richard Notebaert wrote MCI's board Thursday, saying the company would make the offer after reviewing the details of Verizon's bid. But it did not disclose what it would be willing to pay for the No. 2 long-distance and corporate telecommunications firm.
February 16, 2005 |
Qwest Communications International Inc. said Tuesday that it narrowed its fourth-quarter loss to $139 million, and its chief executive promised to look for other opportunities after losing a bid to acquire MCI Inc. Richard C. Notebaert, chairman and chief executive of the Denver-based telecommunications company, said Qwest might benefit if competitors involved in pending mergers were required by federal regulators to shed certain assets.
February 14, 2005 |
Directors of MCI Inc. agreed late Sunday to sell the long-distance carrier to Verizon Communications Inc. for about $6.7 billion in cash and stock, people close to the deal said. The decision to hitch up with the nation's largest telephone company further transforms the U.S. telecommunications industry into one dominated by a few national behemoths that serve international corporations as well as households. Only two weeks ago, AT&T Corp.
September 24, 2004 |
Former Qwest Communications International Inc. executive Thomas Hall pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor count of falsifying documents, ending the first criminal case stemming from a federal investigation of the company. In exchange, prosecutors dropped three counts of wire fraud and one count of securities fraud. Hall, who also agreed to cooperate with investigators who are still looking into Qwest, faces up to a year in prison and a fine of as much as $100,000.
September 11, 2004 |
Qwest Communications International Inc. has agreed to pay $250 million to settle fraud charges, a source familiar with the matter said. Qwest has agreed to settle the Securities and Exchange Commission case without admitting or denying guilt, the source said. The SEC has been investigating whether the Denver-based phone company inflated revenue by incorrectly booking network capacity deals. Qwest shares rose 15 cents to $3.03 on the New York Stock Exchange. From Reuters * Sprint Corp.
September 1, 2004 |
A former Qwest Communications International Inc. executive facing his second trial over allegedly fraudulent accounting pleaded not guilty to the federal government's new indictment. Thomas Hall, a former senior vice president of sales, faces three counts of wire fraud and one count of securities fraud. He is accused in an alleged scheme of improperly booking nearly $34 million in revenue as part of a June 2001 deal with the Arizona School Facilities Board to link public schools to the Internet.
August 25, 2004 |
Verizon Communications Inc. and Qwest Communications International Inc. have asked a federal court to overturn the U.S. government's decision to freeze prices paid by competitors to use local telephone networks. The Federal Communications Commission last week ordered companies including Verizon, Qwest, SBC Communications Inc. and BellSouth Corp. to maintain for six months discounted rental rates given to AT&T Corp., MCI Inc. and other telephone companies.