Qwest Launches VoIP

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Qwest Communications International Inc. began deploying voice-over-Internet-protocol phone service in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., the company said Wednesday.

"To date residential VoIP services have been limited and have generally been delivered by a combination of specialty carriers and cable MSOs," Tom Valovic, program director for IP telephony at research firm IDC, said in a release.

"With this announcement, Qwest becomes the first RBOC [regional Bell operating company] to enter this emerging market -- a significant milestone in the rapidly advancing development of VoIP services," he added.

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