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The Bedford Report

August 31, 2011 08:16 ET

Strict Regulation Fails to Shrink Dividends From Frontier and Windstream

The Bedford Report Provides Investment Research on Frontier Communications and Windstream

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Aug 31, 2011) - Despite a strict regulatory environment that slows growth considerably, companies in the domestic telecom sector continue to pay some of the heftiest dividends in the market. Meanwhile, the drop in home phone line demand has led several telecom companies to adopt new business strategies to stabilize revenues, and keep their dividends strong. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Telecom sector and provides equity research on Frontier Communications, Inc. (NYSE: FTR) and Windstream Corporation (NASDAQ: WIN). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

Regulation continues to play a central role in the telecommunications industry. For instance, 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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Frontier Communications provides telecom services to rural areas in the United States. In the second quarter the company posted a staggering 167 percent year-one-year jump in high speed internet customers, exiting the quarter with 1.7 million customers. Presently the company pays an annual dividend of 75 cents a share, for a hefty yield of 10.4 percent.

Windstream pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share for a yield of around 8.3 percent. Windstream added approximately 4800 new high-speed Internet customers in the second quarter, bringing its total to roughly 1.34 million customers.

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