US WEST Inc. says its three telephone companies Mountain Bell, Northwestern Bell and Pacific Northwest Bell will begin doing business later this year as US WEST Communications.

US WEST President Dick McCormick said the familiar bell symbol will be retained and will appear with the US WEST Communications name. He said the new name will be introduced over the next several months and will appear on bills and customer correspondence beginning in July."The new name and market emphasis recognizes that many customers, especially our multi-state customers, are dealing with one company," McCormick said. He said the three telephone units already are operating across company and state lines in 14 states.

`We'll continue to use the names Mountain Bell, Pacific Northwest Bell and Northwestern Bell for legal and regulatory purposes, but we'll also being doing business as US WEST Communications," said McCormick.