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Embarq/Centurytel Deal Moving Forward
Regulators in five more States give approval
by Karl Bode 10:03AM Thursday Mar 05 2009
Last October, the seventh largest ILEC (Centurytel) acquired the fourth largest (Embarq) in a deal estimated to be worth $11.6 billion. According to a Centurytel press release, regulators in Georgia, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska and Ohio have approved the deal, bringing it one step closer to completion. According to Embarq, the combined company will operate in 33 states, 18 of which don't require regulatory approval for the merger. The combined company will have 7.7 million access lines, 2 million broadband customers and more than 400,000 video subscribers.

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Hazy Arc

join:2006-04-10
Greenwood, SC

1 recommendation

From an Embarq Customer...

As long as my quality of service isn't impacted due to the merger, I couldn't care less what the name of the company will be. I have been quite pleased with my Embarq DSL connection, and I hope it continues.

RadioDoc
Premium,ExMod 2000-03
join:2000-05-11
La Grange, IL
kudos:2

Re: From an Embarq Customer...

Me either. As one of those 7.7 million access lines and 2 million broadband customers I just want them to run efficiently, stay in business and keep up the good work. They haven't been perfect since they were spun off from Sprint but compared to my experience with Comcast in southwest Florida they have been excellent
meowmeow

join:2003-07-26
Helena, MT
Well, I will tell you as a former CenturyTel DSL customer that CenturyTel is *awful* - clueless tech support, poor service, unreliable connection (despite a great tech who really tried his best to fix things).

GeekJedi
RF is Good For You
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join:2001-06-21
Mukwonago, WI

Re: From an Embarq Customer...

Guess it depends where you live, as my experiences with CTL have been nothing short of awesome. In fact, there are a few CTL techs that hang out in the CTL forums helping out customers with problems.

My 10000/768 connection has been rock solid for the few years that I've had it.
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cameronsfx

join:2009-01-08
Panama City, FL
said by Hazy Arc:

As long as my quality of service isn't impacted due to the merger, I couldn't care less what the name of the company will be. I have been quite pleased with my Embarq DSL connection, and I hope it continues.
Embarq is pretty cool. Unlike AT&T, they do try and fix things. CenturyTel is too. Should be a good fit.

kg4muc
Gettin It Done A Little At A Time

join:2003-02-17
Marion, VA
I'm with you on this!!
As long as my quality or service and /or the price doesn't drastically increase I have no real big gripes with the deal.

I do hope they treat the local guys right here because as a whole they are a great bunch of guys and most of them go out of their way to see things get taken care of! One in particular here that sure deserves that praise! I'd sure hate to compromise on that!
me1212

join:2008-11-20
Pleasant Hill, MO

Will this get me DSL or something else faster?

Doubt it.... I have no DSL or cable access out here, wireless works fine, but ya know DSL is faster and less costly I don't NEED but would like it. And what video costumers? Do they mean like Embarq's bundle with dish?

Dezbend
Premium,MVM
join:2001-04-20

Re: Will this get me DSL or something else faster?

CenturyTel has IPTV, but they may be including dish customers
me1212

join:2008-11-20
Pleasant Hill, MO

Re: Will this get me DSL or something else faster?

They have IPTV cool.... Is it like hulu-ish or like dish, but over the web?

Ether way still cool. Thanks for the info dude.

Dezbend
Premium,MVM
join:2001-04-20

Re: Will this get me DSL or something else faster?

I don't know the specifics, I live outside of Columbia MO which is one of the trial areas for CenturyTel's IPTV, but I live in Embarq territory, so I do not yet have it.
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fifty nine

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

Re: Will this get me DSL or something else faster?

I sure hope they expand this to NJ.

But I'd rather see something like Verizon's FiOS rather than IPTV delivered over copper.
me1212

join:2008-11-20
Pleasant Hill, MO

Re: Will this get me DSL or something else faster?

I don't have ether, yet, I just hope embarq or W/E they call it DSL will be here if less then 2yrs, unless they do some sort of uber wireless instead that would b ok 2.
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2
Pretty sure CTel is delivering IPTV over their fiber system, which allows for 15/768 speeds last I checked. Not FiOS but decent...except for the upload.

yesbut0909

@centurytel.com

Re: Will this get me DSL or something else faster?

Also offering 20M/3M to fiber customers

fifty nine

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

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said by iansltx:

Pretty sure CTel is delivering IPTV over their fiber system, which allows for 15/768 speeds last I checked. Not FiOS but decent...except for the upload.
When I mean fiber, I mean fiber to the home, not a crappy hack like AT&T's U-Verse VDSL which leaves fridge sized boxes in your yard that will explode in the middle of the night.

If they're planning full FTTH, even if it's IPTV, great. I'm on board. Otherwise I'm sticking with the cable company where I can get 30/2 and about 50 HD channels.
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2
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Re: Will this get me DSL or something else faster?

I'm talking about FTTH as well. You should know by now that I'm no fan of FTTN

OTOH CTel may not upgrade your telephone lines to fiber right off the bat. As usual, the fiber developments are in greenfield communities, where the marginal cost of deploying fiber over copper is much lower.

I'd check over in the CTel forum for more details on their services. Lower-end stuff is regular ADSL, 10/768 is ADSL2+, 15/768 is fiber. Speeds are conservative given the medium they're pushing the bits over, but hey, if it work it works.
chelpt

join:2008-05-24
La Crosse, WI

Re: Will this get me DSL or something else faster?

Yup, it is like a combination of the best things of the FiOS and ATTs Uverse. They get fiber out to where ever they can and then still use the copper when necessary. For my house, they actually upgraded to fiber direct to the home. But it was easy for them to do. Over head wires from the pole are easy to take down.

But I have no Idea what made them decide to do that. Other people in my town didn't get upgrades when there were overhead wires.

fifty nine

join:2002-09-25
Sussex, NJ
kudos:2
SO what about caps? Do they have caps?

I'm pretty interested since the 100GB cap that SE Cable isn't all that good.
iansltx

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

Re: Will this get me DSL or something else faster?

No explicit caps...doesn't sound like they have caps overall either.