CenturyLink is in a race against time and technology

  • Article by: STEVE ALEXANDER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 28, 2013 - 9:40 AM

Minnesota's largest telephone company seeks to attract business customers as homeowners drop land lines.

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jim2011beamJan. 27, 13 6:57 PM

Centurylink will do much better when it installs more fiber optic lines. I'm a long-time customer who has been paying, for years, for high-speed internet but getting slow-speed service. Get all that telephone/internet infrastructure in place and I'll be happy to keep my land-line phone.

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beavis38Jan. 27, 13 7:26 PM

I agree with Jim. Out here in western MN we switched to 10M DSL about 2 months ago. They haven't been able to get us over 3M yet due to over usage in the area. On the weekends we run about 1.5M. We are going back to cable because we need the higher speed. They need to spend a few bucks on fiber to speed things up. Very friendly customer service though.

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mgs5150Jan. 27, 13 7:39 PM

I'm 10 minutes from downtown Minneapolis. I can only get 1.5 mb service. Way to invest in your infrastructure centurylink. You deserve to go the way of the dodo.

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zoilovJan. 27, 13 8:10 PM

DSL is cheap internet...residential customers are paying around $40/month. They think that download speeds are where it's at, well it isn't. Upload speeds are for attaching files, sending pictures, etc. If they are getting 1.5 meg for $40, just relax...chances are the sites you are looking at won't release speeds any higher than that, so you don't gain with higher speeds. If your computer is slow, then it may be your computer, not your internet speed. I'm not defending CenturyLink, but what is needed is symmetrical internet speeds. If I could get 1.5 meg download and upload on a home computer, that would be great. Fact is, the 1.5 dsl runs about 700K upload, and that is limited. Someday, we'll all have fiber to the house and have the speed of light, just like China, Japan, and Korea already have.

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bfrabelJan. 27, 13 8:27 PM

I think we all need to root for Centurylink to get it's act together, otherwise, our only choice will be Comcast. Come on Centurylink, we need you!!!!

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tomhustonJan. 27, 13 8:29 PM

I kind find it a bit ironic that the united states of america seeks and destroys all of Japan in world two and then parts of Korea. And after that and we rebuild there countries and you would think they would have old out-dated super slow internet connections and computers and it is just the opposite they are running circles around the united states in technology and internet connections... It seems the united states of america is always behind the 8 ball in everything compared to China-Japan And Korea... This just blows my mind to think that you can totally destroy and then rebuild another country or countries and then they can run circles around you in technology in many things.

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jbrillJan. 27, 13 8:47 PM

Century link really needs to roll out FTTN much faster. Comcrap offers speeds up to 105 Mbps in my area, centrurylink... 3. That's my pet peeve. Get moving on higher DSL speeds. I keep my home phone around, but I see reason why folks don't.

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IHATELOGINS0Jan. 27, 13 9:11 PM

My over priced static filled line that drops out every time it rains, why would I keep that. After calling multiple times it just keeps happening. I don't need the hassle and I don't need all these bundles. Just let me pick what I need at low prices, then just maybe all these people won't be dropping you.

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slashdotJan. 27, 13 9:14 PM

phone line technogy is gonna do them in. I hope they are getting a tax write off on the fiber otherwise they are toast. the people paying for phone lines are either older or dont want to change the routine cause they are scared of change. those who watch their bills have swapped over to reality.

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nitetrainJan. 27, 13 9:33 PM

The government needs to break up the Comcast monopoly as it did with Ma Bell.

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