Embarq to change name to CenturyLink

There are 12 comments on the Public Opinion story from Jun 3, 2009, titled Embarq to change name to CenturyLink. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

Embarq Corp., a local provider of telephone, Internet and satellite TV services, will be known as CenturyLink after the merger with CenturyTel is approved.

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Dave

United States

#21 Jun 4, 2009
Yep wrote:
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Except when the libs government take you over and don't have a clue how to run a corporation.
GM was just freakin great in December. So was Meryl Lynch, Lehmen brothers,.. should I go on?
Dave

United States

#22 Jun 4, 2009
I think someone needs to repaint a barn.

Since: May 09

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#23 Jun 4, 2009
Really wrote:
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I don't know where you got your data but Verizon costs more for their service than comcast when you get all three, telephone, tv(HD), and internet service. Comcast and Verizon both use the same tv boxes so get the facts first.
Phone, Internet and TV Service--

Verizon: Starts at 79.99/month for 1 year
Comcast: Starts at 114.9/month for 1 year

Full prices are also higher with Comcast. Also, Comcast and Verizon DO NOT use the same TV box... in any way, shape or form. Verizon offers TV through it FiOS service and through DirecTV. It has absolutely nothing to do with cable.

Another part of my point was the Verizon's FiOS Internet service (through fiber optic) is cheaper and considerably faster than Comcast Cable Internet.

I'm sorry, but if you're going to criticize me for "not having my facts straight" I suggest you straighten yours first.

sources; http://www22.verizon.com/ ; http://www.comcast.com/

Prices are right on the home page of their websites.

Again, my point is that this change from Embarq is a good thing, as CenturyTel is competing with Verizon by running fiber cable while Embarq had no intention of doing so.

Since: May 09

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#24 Jun 4, 2009
My singular point is that Comcast needs more competition; they get it from DirecTV and Dish with satellite television, but their "triple play" (which includes VOIP and broadband Internet) has no local competition. Embarq offers DSL and VOIP service, but there are limitation. Cable Internet is getting faster (though much pricier thanks to a lack of competition) while DSL is hitting a bit of a wall.

Fiber networks are the next big competitor to cable, but it depends on your local phone company... quite simply, in this part of the country, Verizon customers are slowly getting fiber service while Embarq customers are stuck indefinitely with DSL. As you can see, if this new merger will bring us fiber that means more competition, which means more innovation and lower prices.
Janet Rabuck

Newville, PA

#25 Jun 4, 2009
In regards to embarq changing it's name to centurylink, does that mean all the email addresses will have to change? It's crazy that everytime you turn around the utilities, etc. are changing name and then go to the expense of re-lettering everything. Just when you get used to one name they change to something else.

Since: May 09

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#26 Jun 4, 2009
Janet Rabuck wrote:
In regards to embarq changing it's name to centurylink, does that mean all the email addresses will have to change? It's crazy that everytime you turn around the utilities, etc. are changing name and then go to the expense of re-lettering everything. Just when you get used to one name they change to something else.
Typically companies do not require all those email addresses to be changed; they are registered as @embarq and you will probably either be able to keep it indefinitely or have email sent to the @embarq addresses forwarded to new ones.

Of course, my suggestion would be to avoid using ISP email addresses altogether for this reason, lack of features, poor spam filtering and clunky design... and opt for a solid, free webmail service like Google's gmail (which I highly recommend).
Slacker

Orlando, FL

#27 Jun 4, 2009
I'm a big believer in supporting local businesses instead of big, merging companies who constantly change prices, services, etc. I AM COMPLETELY SATISIFED WITH INNERNET INC, a local ISP company. For those of you who are dissatisifed with the "giant, take-advantage of their customers, companies", you may want to try this wonderful local company...I'VE BEEN WITH THEM FOR TEN YEARS AND HAVEN'T HAD ANY PROBLEMS.
wrong

Millerstown, PA

#28 Jun 4, 2009
All I want to know is how much is my dsl and phone bill is going to go up and when?

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#29 Jun 4, 2009
You will get much better service from Innernet, but they require you get local, land-line phone service and that's just another dying technology. Many people (including myself) have dropped the land line altogether and gone cellular-only. Don't really see the point in having two phone numbers when I carry one with me everywhere. When you are required to pay for local phone + DSL, it becomes as expensive as cable Internet.

Plus, if you have interest in increasingly popular media streaming from the Internet, DSL typically just isn't fast enough.

Just looking down the road, this merger will hopefully bring fiber networks to our area.

I seriously doubt DSL/landline phone prices will increase.
Mad Cow

United States

#30 Jun 4, 2009
Embarq does not want the burden of paying to replace the miles of phone line that are 50+ years old that need replacing. The phone lines where are I live are that old. Our phone service was so horrible that we got rid of all land line services and now use cell phones and satellite internet because of Spring/Embarq/whoever's unwillingness to replace the rotting lines in this area. They are a joke.

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#31 Jun 4, 2009
That's true, many rural areas in Franklin County have old phone lines that are inefficient for any sort of broadband internet service, let alone VOIP or TV service. They have no incentive to replace them.

My suggestion is that they don't replace the phone lines, but run fiber optic cable. Unfortunately it will likely require a government mandate to bring these services to rural folks, just like they did with regular phone service in the 70's.

We are far behind in broadband connectivity as a country. I think it should be a necessity for people to at least have the option.

But yikes, satellite Internet is awful. Like I said, hopefully CenturyTel will begin a fiber network in this area. Perhaps our proximity to DC/Balt will help
Nobody

Wildwood, FL

#32 Jun 6, 2009
An article in the Local Paper told us about the merger between our company (Embarq) and Century Tel. I have been reading the articles about Century Tel, and do not like what I read. Embarq does have its problems but they are small in comparison to what I read about Century. Embarq was orignially SPRINT before the name change. They originally used EARTHLINK E-Mail but later went to their own E-Mail Service,@embarqamail.com.
All the comments make me wonder if Embarq will improve Century or Century will pull down Embarq service. I understand that Embarq will be renamed to CENTURY LINK. Here is a link to the news article. http://www2.highlandstoday.com/content/2009/j ...

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