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CenturyLink May Buy TW Telecom
Talks Ongoing For Weeks, Potential Deal Close
by Karl Bode 08:32AM Tuesday Oct 02 2012
CenturyLink is looking to expand their business presence and is pondering an acquisition of Time Warner Telecom. According to a report on the deal in Deal Reporter, the two companies have been in talks for several weeks and a possible acquisition deal could be looming. CenturyLink closed their massive acquisition of Qwest just last year, after acquiring Embarq several years earlier. Insiders say that Level 3 Communications also considered buying TW Telecom, but balked at the high price tag.

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codyyy

@embarqhsd.net

centurylink

just another company that centurylink will probably ruin if they buy it

Simba7
I Void Warranties

join:2003-03-24
Billings, MT

Re: centurylink

I'd have to agree with you there. I don't remember Qwest being this bad.

We had a solid 7mbps link back in 2005-2006 when it was Qwest. Recently, I decided to get our line back as a backup and their highest option was 5mbps (no idea why). We have been EXTREMELY disappointed with constant retraining and terrible signal levels. I'm thinking of ditching them completely and going with someone else.

fifty nine

join:2002-09-25
Sussex, NJ
kudos:2

Good God, why?

They are buying this for what?
ccureau

join:2002-12-28
Slidell, LA
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Re: Good God, why?

Because they can?

A client of mine uses TW Telecom, and we've been relatively happy with them. I'm not looking forward to the CenturyLink people...especially after my experiences with them while they were still CenturyTel...

Who else can I turn to though? Certainly not back to the Death Star...
hottboiinnc
ME

join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH
fiber network, and business customer base would be it. CentLink is probably finding ways to bring in more money without taking any rural/off loaded phone systems- AT&T - so they're focusing on business- which is smart. Plus with this they can keep more of their traffic on their own network for longer periods of time.

soonermagixx

@Logixcom.com

century link - tw telecom

their fiber network
ccureau

join:2002-12-28
Slidell, LA
Reviews:
·AT&T U-Verse

Re: century link - tw telecom

After Hurricane Issac, we found out just how 'redundant' TW's fiber was in Metairie...it's apparently run as a single loop, with no redundancy in the path at all. Because there were multiple locations that lost power, there were multiple points of failure in the loop, and even though we had power we were dead in the water.

I wish they would have just been honest to begin with...we were sold a pig with lipstick that "didn't go down at all during Katrina!"

soonermagixx

@Logixcom.com

Re: century link - tw telecom

Right.. Worst case scenario, they could have utilized their peering agreements with one of several other providers. Sounds like they could have had a something go wrong in a rate center or CO. That is very unfortunate.

RWSI

@twtelecom.net

Less competition

As the CEO of RWSI I hope this doesn't happen. We have been happy with TW Telecom as our backbone provider for or wireless Internet network.

We were very unhappy with Qwest now Centurlink in the New Mexico market for less than
adequate fiber access and high prices.

We will eventually need 100s of gigabits accessing to the world and I can see the writing on the wall, it won't happen.

Somebody has got to say no to the bloated failing corporation somewhere!

CenturyLink is loosing pots customers so fast nationally how can they ever pay off a now more than 30 billion debt when the business is only work 10 billion?
hottboiinnc
ME

join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH

Re: Less competition

Business customers pay more. And just because they're losing dial tone customers doesn't mean they're not adding DSL customers. Plus with TWT they'll have more $$$ coming in from peering agreements and companies that have huge long term contracts. Something they won't get with regular customers

WiFiguru
To infinity... and beyond
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join:2005-06-21
Irvine, CA

Noooo

Noooooooo. Leave TW Telecom alone!

tony9567

@qwest.net

TW Telecom-CenturyLink

I can tell you this ... until there is an acceptable Labor Agreement in place with the more than 13,000 Unionized workers at CTL, they will not be buying anyone. In fact, I would think any company would be very reticent to even "talk" with CTL until they settle with their workers. Keep in mind too- CTL earned more than $2 Billion in profits last year so we are not talking about a company that is strapped financially - except they will be if they continue to go on these wild "spending sprees" (acquisitions) they have engaged in the past 3-5 years. They were a small "no-name" company of approx $500-600 Mill in Revenue before they bought Embarq- suddenly they "became" a $3-4 Bill company; then they bought Qwest and Savvis which catapulted them to the $18-20 Billion range! All financed through increasing debt obligations - which they are NOW trying to offset by dozens of years worth of Concessions by the workers! They still remain a small town bunch of "hicks" from Louisiana who do not know how to run a large organization. Look at their "leadership" - not one went to a prestigious University at all - and some have NO degree even! Yet the top 16 Execs at CTL made close to $40 Mill last year alone! ... Greedy... Shameful..."taking care of their own" .. but now they have their hands full with a Union that has over 750,000 members and 13,000 of them right now in CTL territory. There will never be a deal with TW Telecom until there is a FAIR and equitable agreement with their employees!!