WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal regulators today conditionally approved the $50 billion merger of Qwest Communications Inc. and regional Bell company U S West Inc. Qwest will have to divest itself of its customers in the U S West territory of 14 Western states.
The Federal Communications Commission gave conditional approval on a 5-0 vote.
The announcement comes after Deutsche Telekom AG abruptly ended talks to acquire the two Denver-based telecommunications companies.
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