Washington state regulators on Monday approved the pending merger of telecom firms CenturyLink, Inc. and Qwest Communications.
Some conditions were attached to the deal, which has been more than a year in the making.
The Washington state Utilities and Transportation Commission set five multiparty settlement agreements over the key issues raised about the merger.
The overall goal, said the WUTC, is providing rate stability for residential and business telephone customers, protecting consumers from merger costs and expanding broadband Internet service to underserved areas in Washington.
The companies have 15 calendar days to state objections to the extra conditions placed on the two companies. Those conditions set by the WUTC include these: