Embarq to merge with CenturyTel

Three years after Sprint-Nextel spun it off to focus on wireless, landline carrier Embarq has been purchased by CenturyTel in an $11.6 billion deal. The two carriers will become CenturyLink, headquartered in Monroe, Louisiana, and serve 7.5 million customers in 33 states, according to a release. (And we remember the days when the local carrier was called Centel!)

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So Centel becomes Sprint, which becomes Embarq, which is bought by CENturyTEL. All that old signage ought to come in handy.