Nearly three decades ago the U.S. government busted AT&T's telecommunications monopoly, and since that time the company has slowly been reassembling itself. Much of the country's local landline service is now provided by a reconstituted AT&T; in theNortheast, Verizon fills that role. Qwest, formerly US West, takes the Rockies as its territory.
But while the Qwest brand name survives, it is no longer an independent company. In April 2010, it was acquired by CenturyTel, Inc.. Qwest was the last of a series of telecom companies it had swallowed up over the years; now calling itself CenturyLink, it's the third-largest telecom company in the country. CenturyLink has over $7 billion in annual revenue, and is still based in Louisiana.