The Denver-based RBOC said on Thursday it is working to cut its debt by 25 percent, or $3.5 billion, over the next 12 months. The company ended 2009 with $11.8 billion in net debt.
Qwest has come under scrutiny many times for that high debt load, especially as it sheds landline users in a weak, wireless-friendly economy.
Among the measures Qwest hopes will ease its financial obligations: not renewing the lease on its 52-story Denver headquarters building.
Executives made the debt-reduction announcement in an analyst meeting.
Shares of Qwest were trading higher about 40 minutes before Wall Street’s close on Friday – they were up 2.36 percent at $4.55.