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Embarq & Centurytel = CenturyLink
Merged companies unveil new name, logo
by Karl Bode 06:06PM Tuesday Jun 02 2009 Tipped by Go Tarheels See Profile
After getting the last of all State regulator approval earlier this week, Embarq and Centurytel have unveiled the new name and logo for the freshly fused company, According to a company press release, the two companies will now be known as CenturyLink. Once the company receives approval from the FCC (a given), the freshly fused company will have 7.5 million access lines, more than two million broadband customers and more than 400,000 video subscribers across thirty three states. The $11.6 billion deal is at the heart of an interesting new rush toward rural telephone company consolidation.

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AlexNYC

join:2001-06-02
Edwards, CO

Broadband - hardly

quote:
more than two million broadband customers
The term "broadband" is kind of a stretch when describing CenturyTel's DSL service ....
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable
·Verizon Online DSL

Re: Broadband - hardly

Are you one of the people sitting on a 256k connection? If so then I pity you if that's all you can get in your area. Otherwise, shush...I'd much rather have 512k over DSL than 512k over a shaky WISP, and 1.5/256 would be great here. Then again, CenTel...er...CenLink won't be taking my area over any time soon so it's a moot point.

FWIW, while service could be better at peak times, my experience of a family member's Embarq connection (3072/640 due to loop length) was enjoyable, even with interleave. Sure, 10/896 isn't next-gen, but the merged entity just might be able to upgrade infrastructure and give better service to everyone in their footprint.

As a potential plus for Embarq customers, CenTel has a regional backbone network (Lightcore) and Embarq doesn't. Then again, Embarq's typical bandwidth mix (Sprint + Level3) isn't bad at all...

Karl Bode
News Guy
join:2000-03-02
kudos:39

Re: Broadband - hardly

On the bright side, you could be an area where all you could get is HughesNet or Wild Blue.
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2

Re: Broadband - hardly

Or not have either due to trees in the way of the sat...
rabeatz7
Premium
join:2009-03-21
Apopka, FL
That lightcore network also has plans for expansion into EQ territories, and across the US in their territories, throughout 2009-2012
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2

Re: Broadband - hardly

Hmm, wonder if that means cheaper local bandwidth for WISPs where CenLink won't reach?
me1212

join:2008-11-20
Pleasant Hill, MO

Re: Broadband - hardly

That would be cool if they did cause that could mean cheaper bandwidth for the WISP I use.
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable
·Verizon Online DSL

Re: Broadband - hardly

That's assuming your ISP touches the local phone system. From your forum posts (going off the top of my head here) they appear to have their own wireless distribution system back to Kansas City. I might be wrong, but if they don't buy telco circuits their bandwidth costs won't change.

Though if CenLink hooks together their backbone well enough for cheap enough other providers might come in due to cheaper startup costs (lot less expensive to start out with a few T1s than to build a wireless distribution system) and introduce competition into the area.

So I suppose the biggest factor in pricing such stuff out is competition. Though it seems cable companies tend to be cheaper than telcos for everything like this, albeit at lower quality levels...

chd176

join:2003-01-10
Winfield, AL
In almost all areas they have 10/768 available if you're close enough to the RT/CO then they have 20/2 If you're lucky enough to have FTTH
--
10,000/768 CenturyTel PPPoE DSL line (really 5,000/768 ) Now it's really 1500/256...again lol

dsldude08
Premium
join:2008-01-03
La Crosse, WI
kudos:2

Re: Broadband - hardly

20/3

chd176

join:2003-01-10
Winfield, AL

Re: Broadband - hardly

thanks lol

fifty nine

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

1 edit
No such luck here. 5/896k is as much as I will get, given distance from the CO.

Oh well. Service Electric Cable gives 30/2 which beats Embarq hands down.

AlexNYC

join:2001-06-02
Edwards, CO
The best they have to offer within a 100 mile radius (maybe more) is 1500/256 and even when I had that, I was not getting even half of those speeds due to their utterly oversubscribed and badly managed network. A name change to CenturyHELL would be more like it ...

TScheisskopf
World News Trust

join:2005-02-13
Belvidere, NJ

Re: Broadband - hardly

You know, EMBARQ has a pretty decent bunch of people who have pushed good speeds pretty far out into the boonies. Just sayin'...
SlyLoK6

join:2007-10-19
Sugar Grove, VA
said by AlexNYC:

quote:
more than two million broadband customers
The term "broadband" is kind of a stretch when describing CenturyTel's DSL service ....
Coming from someone who has been stuck with dialup for 25 years.. 256k would be heaven.. The more the better but I wouldnt throw a fit if I could only get 256k.
bn1221

join:2009-04-29
Cortland, NY
We use them in my Memphis office. Not too bad - 69.00 for a 512KB up 1.5 MB down with a static IP for business class. The equiv plan from VZ would ne 384/1mbit for 99.00
rabeatz7
Premium
join:2009-03-21
Apopka, FL
CenturyTel also has rights to part of the 700mhz wireless spectrum.. what they plan to do with it is yet to be known..

»telephonyonline.com/wireless/new···ay-0409/
patcat88

join:2002-04-05
Jamaica, NY
kudos:1

USF

So what happened to the USF reform that was supposed to stamp out billing corporate salaries to the USF? Are these companies loosing USF billing rights, or keeping them?
Rob_
Premium
join:2008-07-16
Mary Esther, FL
kudos:1

how about offering competition?

I hope this new merger will bring stiffer competition and fiber so that other ISP's will have to stretch out to the 21'st century and hopefully lower prices. if this new century link offered say 50/5 for $50.00 bye bye cox

-Rob

Cheese
Premium
join:2003-10-26
Naples, FL
kudos:1

Re: how about offering competition?

said by Rob_:

I hope this new merger will bring stiffer competition and fiber so that other ISP's will have to stretch out to the 21'st century and hopefully lower prices. if this new century link offered say 50/5 for $50.00 bye bye cox

-Rob
Once they take over, it will be them, and Comcast here, now if they can offer something Comcast can't for a better deal, I will think about it.
rabeatz7
Premium
join:2009-03-21
Apopka, FL
I have heard that there will be market based competition - meaning areas will be divided into regional markets, and the prices will be adjusted to compete with their biggest competitors in the area.

Gaff
Just like the gypsy woman said

join:1999-09-05
North TX, US
Reviews:
·Suddenlink

The great link

What is it with "link" these days?

Cebridge + Cox MAC = Suddenlink
Now Embarq + Centurytel = Centurylink

What's next? Pepsi + Coke = PepsiLink?

Microsoft + Google = MicroLink?


gatorkram
Need for Speed
Premium
join:2002-07-22
Winterville, NC
kudos:3
Reviews:
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1 recommendation

Re: The great link

said by Gaff:

What is it with "link" these days?

Cebridge + Cox MAC = Suddenlink
Now Embarq + Centurytel = Centurylink

What's next? Pepsi + Coke = PepsiLink?

Microsoft + Google = MicroLink?


Yeah, and I get both of them here for my services...

Suddenlink (suddenly your link is gone)
Centurylink (all our equipment is 100 years old)

Woohooo... Oh....wait...
--
Give me bandwidth or give me death!
»/testhistory/661871/4f240
netposer

join:2003-02-06
Nashville, NC
I currently use SuddenLink and can get Embarq DSL (North Carolina).

Now it's going to be confusing when someone asks me about broadband... "SuddenLink, CenturyLink?, which one did you say again? I'm confused"
Mr Matt

join:2008-01-29
Eustis, FL
kudos:1

Will CenturyLink Stink?

If CenturyLink adopts CenturyTel's pricing for broadband service CenturyLink will stink. On the other hand if CenturyLink adopts Embarq's pricing, smell not so much!

Agent 86

@comcast.net

A company living a century in the past

CenturyLink is your connection to 100 year old communication technology...combined with modern customer service.

NormanS
I gave her time to steal my mind away
Premium,MVM
join:2001-02-14
San Jose, CA
kudos:12
Reviews:
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·Pacific Bell - SBC

Re: A company living a century in the past

said by Agent 86 :

CenturyLink is your connection to 100 year old communication technology...
What is with this fixation on denigrating "100-year old" technology? We are still using 100-year old transportation technology. The automobile was invented about the same time as the telephone; and the two grew up together!

And we still use ~800 year-old technology in warfighting on the ground, supported by 100-year old technology for air support.
--
Norman
~Oh Lord, why have you come
~To Konnyu, with the Lion and the Drum

moreinfo09

@centurytel.net

Map

Click for full size
Here is the map of the network, including future 4G wireless coverage (700Mhz)...

Time
Premium
join:2003-07-05
Mclean, VA

Re: Map

Looks like Vegas is left out in the dark.

Dear CenturyLink,

Please.
Sell.
Us.

Thanks.

dsldude08
Premium
join:2008-01-03
La Crosse, WI
kudos:2

Re: Map

Unfortunately it seems so. But, with other wireless technologies available and with the size of Las Vegas I'm sure something could be created to make up for the lack of the spectrum in this area. This purchase of the 700Mhz spectrum was done well before Embarq and CenturyTel decided to merge.
rabeatz7
Premium
join:2009-03-21
Apopka, FL
That map does not include the proposed core network expansion that I have seen maps of, that expands across into Vegas.
rabeatz7
Premium
join:2009-03-21
Apopka, FL
I don't believe that it has been confirmed anywhere that CenturyTel's use of 700mhz spectrum is intended for 4g. The only reports I have seen are that they have purchased 700mhz spectrum, and are looking into potential uses.. so I wouldn't call that "future 4g wireless coverage" just yet..

•••

Metatron2008
Premium
join:2008-09-02
united state

Centurylink huh?

Why not Embartel or Centurybarq? Either of those wouldn't be as bad.

Or why not call the company Embarq and try to pretend Centurytel never existed...?

drew
Radiant
Premium
join:2002-07-10
Port Orchard, WA
kudos:6

1 recommendation

No more Marq....

From Embarq...

Fox McCloud
Crazy like a fox.

join:2006-07-23

It'll be interesting

The name? It's ok, but I think it could have been better...it's not terrible either.

The Symbol? I like it a lot better than Embarq's symbol...more simplistic and less 'wth is that?'

Hopefully this company will continue to head in the right direction....I've heard rumors of a 20 megabit package...but it's only that, rumors...
rabeatz7
Premium
join:2009-03-21
Apopka, FL

Re: It'll be interesting

heck who knows what is to come, Embarq is testing VDSL (max of 52mbps) in some areas.

Fox McCloud
Crazy like a fox.

join:2006-07-23

Re: It'll be interesting

Hopefully they'll can VDSL fairly quickly and look to VDSL2, as it has much higher performance, up close, and ADSL2+ performance at a distance.