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The Bedford Report

September 30, 2011 08:16 ET

CenturyLink and Windstream Evolve -- Dividends Remain Strong

The Bedford Report Provides Investment Research on CenturyLink and Windstream

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Sep 30, 2011) - Companies throughout the Domestic Telecom industry are looking at new strategies now that more customers are dropping their land lines. The rise in popularity of mobile phones has motivated many of the sector's customers to eliminate often redundant land lines in their homes. Large telecom companies are also offering packages that bundle land lines along with other popular services. Revenues have so far remained stable -- or grown -- allowing these companies to maintain sizeable dividends. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Telecom sector and provides equity research on CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) and Windstream Corporation (NASDAQ: WIN). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

www.bedfordreport.com/CTL

www.bedfordreport.com/WIN

Before proceeding with mergers and acquisitions, telecom companies need approval from regulatory agencies. Presently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is facing pressure from the National Telecommunications & Cable Association to make it easier for cable television companies and competitive telephone providers to merge.

Recently, the National Telecommunications & Cable Association asked the FCC to find that cross-ownership prohibitions contained in the Telecommunications Act of 1996 do not apply to cable operators and competitive local exchange carriers.

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Windstream Corporation provides IP-based voice and data services, MPLS networking, data center and managed hosting services and communication systems to businesses and government agencies. Last month the company announced that it now offers Internet speeds of 10 Mbps down/2 Mbps up, 24 Mbps down/2 Mbps up and 24 Mbps down/4 Mbps up to small business customers. Windstream argues that expanded upload and download speeds "are critical for businesses to increase productivity and manage large data files." Currently, Windstream pays an annual dividend of one dollar per share for a hefty yield of around 8 percent.

CenturyLink pays an annual dividend of $2.90 for a yield of 8.50 percent. CenturyLink said earlier this week that its subsidiary Qwest Corp. has agreed to sell $950 million in 6.75 percent notes due Dec. 1, 2021. Qwest expects to use the net proceeds from this offering and $557 million it received last week in another notes offering to redeem $1.5 billion of its 8.875 percent notes due next year before they come due.

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