Qwest wants MCI to back out of its deal with Verizon Communications, NewsFactor reports.

Qwest has offered $20.70 a share — $6 in cash and the rest in Verizon stock — to purchase the company. Qwest hopes the bigger cash payout it is offering will prompt MCI shareholders to switch sides.

MCI maintains a major operation in Cary, NC.

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