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clrmoney
clrmoney
10/29/2016 12:41:44 PM
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Level 3 for century link
This is great for them with them being in the stages their so keep striving in continued growth.

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freehe
freehe
10/29/2016 3:36:17 PM
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Century Link Merger
The merger of Century Link and Level 3 will provide the company with a larger global presence and provide the opportunity to expand their products and services.

It will be interesting to see the new management team.

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freehe
freehe
10/29/2016 4:09:54 PM
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Century Link Merger
JPMorgan believes CenturyLink would be expected to pay at least $61 per share for Level 3 and that CenturyLink would be the buyer in this transaction, and Level 3 the seller.

The merger could result in almost a billion dollar combined cost savings.

The merger would result in a P/E ratio of 11.1 and enterprise-value-to-free-cash-flow ratio of 14.1.

This is only great news is the promises both companies make come to fruition.

It will be interesting to see where the new headquarters will be located.

It will great to see what new products and services the merged company offers to residential customers and if there is any cord cutting or churn.

 

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faryl
faryl
10/30/2016 3:43:00 AM
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Re: Century Link Merger
This would still need to be approved by the FCC in order to move forward though, correct?

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
10/30/2016 11:27:27 PM
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Re: Century Link Merger
faryl,

FCC plus FTC, officially, but in a case this big there will almost certainly be Congressional hearings and probably an opinion for the Attorney General as well.

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elizabethv
elizabethv
10/30/2016 9:53:17 AM
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Makes me wonder....
If the reason for this merger is the same as the reason for the AT&T/Time Warner merger. Uneasy times ahead and the desire to be "bigger" and "stronger" to help navigate the storm. This one isn't as big though, so it probably won't cause as much stir, and I would even bet the FCC is more likely to approve the merger. Just like the other, we'll have to wait and see. 

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Michelle
Michelle
10/30/2016 8:30:18 PM
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Re: Makes me wonder....
@elizabeth I suspect regular folks won't notice a change in services once the merger is complete. These giant mergers are always interesting to watch. I wonder how drama-filled they are behind closed doors.

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
10/30/2016 11:30:58 PM
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Re: Makes me wonder....
michelle,

There is probably still a lot of drama behind closed doors among the upper managements, but it's probably only about as relevant as the content of soap operas is to the actual operations of the networks that broadcast them. And it seems to me that with the increasing use of open systems, eventually there will be almost no technical glitches at all with building new bridges and connections between two merged companies.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
10/31/2016 1:42:24 AM
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Re: Makes me wonder....
@Michelle:

Very true. A regular person will only feel the diffrence whenever there is direct or indirect impact. That takes some time while behind the door conversations are shaping 

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elizabethv
elizabethv
10/31/2016 6:08:55 AM
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Re: Makes me wonder....
@Michelle - The biggest reason I could see customers noticing a change would be if there was some kind of price increase attached to the changes. If they become more of a monopoly, or if they feel they are stronger because of this that they can choose to increase prices. They could potentially create some kind of technological advance that would separate them from other companies that could also lead to an increase in prices. Though to be fair, techonolgical advances are good for the compan and consumers both. 

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Michelle
Michelle
10/31/2016 3:08:52 PM
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Re: Makes me wonder....
I hadn't considered downstream pricing hikes. This could affect consumers n the long run.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
10/31/2016 3:14:34 PM
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Re: Makes me wonder....
Yup, that would be a true concern for the end consumers in long run.

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batye
batye
11/2/2016 2:21:15 PM
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Re: Makes me wonder....
@Michelle  not only consumers but market get affect also on the long run... but time will tell...

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faryl
faryl
10/31/2016 11:47:19 PM
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Re: Makes me wonder....
I agree. I think end customers generally only feel the effects down the line when there are less service/provider options to choose from, or customer service quality starts to decline as a result of companies not having to work as hard to retain customers.

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batye
batye
11/2/2016 2:07:16 PM
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Re: Makes me wonder....
@faryl this days many Co. do alienate the customers instead of brining them back or retaining them... sad reality...

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faryl
faryl
11/29/2016 3:15:14 AM
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Re: Makes me wonder....
Yep. Though there are still some companies that seem to care, I can't think of any in the telecom industry.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
10/31/2016 1:21:25 AM
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Re: Makes me wonder....
@elizabethv:

I was exactly thinking the same while reading the article.

"Uneasy times ahead and the desire to be "bigger" and "stronger" to help navigate the storm."

We are living in truly uneasy time. Every day/minute is a race for something or the other. What looks and sounds BIG will only remain big not for long. Sometimes it is very difficult to think whether this trend is good or bad, but surely scary,

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elizabethv
elizabethv
10/31/2016 6:20:03 AM
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Re: Makes me wonder....
@ms. akkineni - I can see their desire to want to be bigger, I just have a hard time backing the idea of companies being so big they control the market. Consequently, I don't really see the trend as good. And definitely scary. Power corrupts and all....

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
10/31/2016 12:23:54 PM
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Re: Makes me wonder....
Can't agree more with you.

But unfortunately that is the reality that we are going through these days. Before we digest one big merger, there could be another one surfacing, heading towards beating industry standards in all aspects of history. A scary thought, as that would never let consumer to settle with anything.

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dlr5288
dlr5288
10/31/2016 6:48:16 PM
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Re: Makes me wonder....
Yes, that quote was exactly what I was thinking! I think the future is so unclear when it comes to technology and it makes the businesses and the customers uneasy and unsure.

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batye
batye
11/2/2016 2:20:16 PM
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Re: Makes me wonder....
@dlr5288 economy is still in recovery plus election time :) no easy times... no one sure of anything this days :) 

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dlr5288
dlr5288
11/29/2016 10:53:27 PM
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Re: Makes me wonder....
Yes, definitely no easy times for business this year especially!

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Adi
Adi
10/31/2016 12:32:52 PM
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Blast from the past...
@Mike - nice one! Laughed out loud when I read the Nacchio line. Hopefully this merger will have nothing to do with creative accounting. 

 

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Mike Robuck
Mike Robuck
10/31/2016 3:13:15 PM
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Re: Blast from the past...
Adi, I dated myself there, but glad you liked it. I saw him at an event in Denver where he got upset at some employees. That left a lasting impression. 

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Adi
Adi
11/1/2016 11:20:06 AM
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Re: Blast from the past...
@mike - I seem to remember a couple of people getting upset at him, back in 2002.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
11/3/2016 3:11:00 PM
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Re: Blast from the past...
> "Where have you gone, Joe Nacchio? A nation doesn't turn its lonely eyes to you."

LOL, yes... this is a great line. 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
11/3/2016 3:14:33 PM
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Haven't seen many mentions...
I find it interesting that I haven't seen many mentions that his effectively merges CenturyLink and tw telecom now. CLECs are being gobbled up (or just combined in interesing ways), and the telco/cableco market is undergoing incredible consolidation now.

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Itsmeshawn22
Itsmeshawn22
11/7/2016 1:59:12 PM
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CenturyLink, Level 3 in Courting Stage
Centurylink level 3 is very great I believe. They have improved A lot. I can't believe that the deals made it into the 3rd largest Telco in the nation right behind AT&T Inc and verizon. I thought this was very helpful knowledge.

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