“The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) today approved the acquisition of Qwest (NYSE: Q) by CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL). The Commission had taken up the matter at its February 10, 2011 meeting but had postponed any further action at that time. The Commission delayed a decision then in order to give Qwest and its competitors more time to work out their differences and to allow the Department of Commerce to provide additional input to the Commission.
At its meeting today, the Commission was presented a series of six agreements that covered almost all of the involved parties. With these agreements in place, most of the outstanding issues were resolved. Today’s actions represent a broad agreement that the merger is in the public interest and should proceed.”
Sheldon Johnson is a Minnesota Representative (DFL) for district 67B, which spans South East St. Paul, including the neighborhoods of: Battle Creek, Mounds Park, Dayton’s Bluff, Highwood and Eastview. He was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2000 and is currently in his fifth term. He serves on committees that deal with issues such as energy policy, public safety and civil justice, preserving Minnesota’s heritage, and commerce and labor. He is also the Chair of the Telecommunications Regulations and Infrastructure Division, which addresses issues such as cable TV, telephone, and the internet.
Join TECHdotMN as we chat with Mr. Johnson about his role as the Chair of the Telecommunications Regulations and Infrastructure Division, and what he see’s for the future of Minnesota Broadband from a policy perspective.
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