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Apr 26, 2010 8:21 AM by Associated Press

CenturyTel-Qwest deal could be good for customers

Analysts say CenturyTel's purchase of Qwest could be good news for customers.

CenturyTel has invested more in its network and has a better balance sheet. Analyst Christopher King says that could eventually mean greater investment in DSL availability and maybe higher speeds. CenturyTel is also testing an Internet-based television.

The $22 billion sale could also mean more immediate gains for high-speed Internet access if Qwest invests more in its network before the deal closes a year from now.

Analyst Donna Jaegers says cost cutting and meeting Wall Street's expectations may have limited how much Qwest has spent on its DSL network. She says the company could speed up its investment now that it's not being watched as closely.

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