Qwest can freeze

Qwest would have to freeze its basic residential telephone rates until 2013 under a plan released by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

After keeping rates the same for three years, the commission would allow those rates to rise $1 a month. The company also is not permitted to implement a statewide surcharge for the relocation of telephone lines as part of construction projects.

On the other hand, Qwest is allowed greater pricing flexibility on other services it sells.

Qwest can reject the commission plan, but it then would come under rules that give it less flexibility.

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