Qwest knows that POTS is dying and has been for years...Building out for faster internet speeds is a necessity as more and more people start using the internet for everything (video, voice, data) and dump traditional cable, satellite tv, phone service, etc.
Unfortunately, it is still a business and that dictates building out the higher population centers first...It will be interesting to see what concessions and agreements Qwest and Century Tel will have to make with the individual states to get the PUCs to agree to the merger...Often the PUCs bless the mergers only after the companies agree to spend a lot of money improving service including offering higher internet speeds to rural areas.
Jeff Z. (the "not quite as skinny" one)
'97 LX450 - aka "The Whale"
'97 FZJ80 Antique Sage AE #267, stock
12/74 FJ40, 2F, SM420, 4" Lift, ARBs, 33" MTRs
"...anything else i can do for you guys, how about i wash your car or mow your lawn while you figure out your firewall system? I am now boarderline insane/unibomber." Kipper
"That assumes I'm even capable of pulling and stabbing..." Jacket
"I really like having a detachable unit." Beater