Title: President/CEO, CenturyLink
Years in Cable: 35
Education: BA, MBA, Louisiana Tech University
Title: Chairman/CEO, Frontier Communications
Years in Cable: 18
Education: BA, Holy Cross College
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Why Them? If you saw the bar rise on the rollout of IP-based products and services this year, there’s a good chance one of these companies was behind it. All signs point to a strong marriage since CenturyLink merged with Qwest last spring, as the combined company wasted no time bringing VoIP and IPTV service to key markets in 2011. After buying up Verizon’s local wireline operations in 14 states last year, Frontier tripled its size to become the largest rural-only service provider, and made good on expanding high-speed Internet services. It aims to deploy 3 Mbps service to 85% of its transferred lines by the end of 2013.
Tongue Twister: Frontier’s new online video site TumTiki streams local content; free TV episodes from major nets, including ABC, NBC, Fox, Food Network, Bravo, FX and AMC; plus PPV content through Frontier’s partnership with Amazon.com.