New Mexico Attorney General Gary King has asked state regulators to hold the line on rate increases sought by Qwest Communications International Inc.
King claims Qwest's proposed rate increases hit those least able to afford them.
He also says if the Public Regulation Commission does not order additional investment in high-speed Internet, rural New Mexicans will be faced with decreasing possibilities of getting access to this technology.
The attorney general's request was made to the PRC on Tuesday.
The PRC is considering competing proposals for how best to regulate the utility.
King's office says Qwest is seeking a 22 percent rate increase and to avoid any investment obligations that would result in increased availability of high-speed Internet in its rural service areas.