CenturyLinkQwestmerger

In 2010-2011, CenturyLink went around the country trying to convince state regulators that their purchase of Qwest Communications was going to be good for consumers.

When CenturyLink representatives went in front of New Mexico state regulators, they made it clear that CenturyLink being able to purchase Qwest would allow for CenturyLink to expand and expand rapidly! As CenturyLink’s own slideshow to the regulators notes:

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When it was time for CenturyLink to state their case to the FCC, CenturyLink made it clear in filings how much consumers would LOVE this merger. How could they not? According to CenturyLink’s FCC filings, the CenturyLink/Qwest company would:

“(The merger will) create a robust fiber network of approximately 180,000 route miles that creates a nationwide platform … that will provide new links between urban and rural America. The merger will facilitate broadband deployment by creating a stronger national competitor for broadband services. In addition, the transaction will enhance service to rural communities. The transaction will significantly expand the availability of broadband capabilities to both companies’ rural customer bases … and … will result in more rapid deployment of broadband access and advanced broadband capabilities. – FCC.gov

I can see why the FCC approved this merger. CenturyLink has made it clear in these filings that rural Americans would soon be getting some of the best technology around thanks to the benefits of the merger.

Let’s see how CenturyLink is doing years after the merger was approved.

CenturyLink’s acquisition of Qwest may be long behind it, but the service provider has a ways to go in enhancing the copper last-mile networks in these acquired regions to reach everyone: only 20 percent of rural customers get 40 Mbps or more. – FierceTelecom

Not to worry though as CenturyLink made it clear in their recent FCC filing that over 83.1 percent of customers can get a 1.5 Mbps connection. Essentially, 83.1% of their customers are able to get dial-up fast speeds in the year of 2016.

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What about those other consumers who aren’t able to access CenturyLink at all right now? In 2016? As CenturyLink noted in this report, those people wouldn’t get CenturyLink service for the foreseeable future “due to capacity constraints in the network”.