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Press Release -- October 13th, 2010
Source: Integra Telecom
Tags: CLEC, Merger

MORE THAN 50 BUSINESSES AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES CONCERNED ABOUT CENTURYLINK/QWEST PROPOSED MERGER

Integra Telecom joins companies and government groups in public filings in seven of Qwest’s 14 states

Portland, Ore. – Oct. 13, 2010 – Integra Telecom is among the dozens of companies, government agencies, labor unions and consumer groups that have filed Interventions with utility commissions in the seven largest states of Qwest’s 14-state service area to express reservations about the proposed CenturyLink merger with Qwest.

“We are part of a long and growing list of telecom providers and businesses across the nation that are gravely concerned about the proposed CenturyLink merger with Qwest. Each organization is urging state utility commissions and the FCC to proceed with caution,” said Dudley Slater, CEO of Integra Telecom. “The list includes many large organizations that represent businesses, consumer groups and unions, as well as government agencies such as the Department of Defense, all of which would be greatly impacted if the merger is not handled properly.”

Integra Telecom, like most all competitive carriers, interconnects its network with Qwest’s network. Integra executives say that all businesses who interconnect their networks with Qwest could be seriously undermined if the merger is approved without safeguards in place to ensure that disruptions don’t occur while the companies merge.

“Because Qwest’s vast network interconnects with many other networks, any change to Qwest’s operations could potentially disrupt service not only to Qwest’s customers, but to customers of other providers as well,” said Slater. “CenturyLink is acquiring a much larger regional Bell Operating Company with a vast network that serves millions – a tremendous responsibility. Any misstep could reverberate throughout Qwest’s 14 state territory.”

Integra executives are calling on the FCC and state utility commissions nationwide ton slow down the CenturyLink-Qwest merger long enough to understand the issues and insist on appropriate safeguards to protect residential and business consumers, and preserve competition in local telecom services.

Many businesses and consumers have contacted state commissions voicing similar concerns, plus many other organizations such as Integra Telecom have take the further step of filing formal interventions and becoming party to the state commission merger proceedings. The lists of businesses, government agencies, and other organizations that have joined Integra in intervening in the largest seven of Qwest’s 14 states are a matter of public record and include the following:

State1 Intervenor/Date Intervention Filed
Arizona Integra Telecom (June 7, 2010) – granted July 1, 2010
Closed Residential Utility Consumer Office (June 2, 2010) – granted July 1, 2010
10-Sep Cox Arizona Telecom (June 3, 2010) – granted July 1, 2010
2010 tw telecom (June 7, 2010) – granted July 1, 2010
Communications Workers of America (June 10, 2010) – granted July 1, 2010
Level 3 Communications (June 16, 2010) – granted July 1, 2010
US Department of Defense (filed June 18, 2010) – granted July 1, 2010
Pac-West Telecomm, Inc. (June 21, 2010) – granted July 1, 2010
PAETEC (June 17, 2010) – granted July 1, 2010
MCImetro Access/Verizon Access (filed July 12, 2010) – withdrawn July 14, 2010
Covad Communications (filed July 14, 2010) – granted July 27, 2010
XO Communications (filed July 19, 2010) – granted July 27, 2010
Westel, Inc. (filed September 9, 2010) – granted September 17, 2010
Colorado Integra Telecom (June 2, 2010) – granted July 9, 2010
Closed Level3 (June 8, 2010) – granted July 9, 2010
2-Jul Communication Workers of America (June 10, 2010) – granted July 9, 2010
2010 Viaero (N.E. Colorado Cellular, Inc.) (June 17, 2010) – granted July 9, 2010
CO Public Utilities Commission Staff (June 17, 2010) – granted July 9, 2010
McLeodUSA d/b/a PAETEC (June 28, 2010) – granted July 9, 2010
Tw telecom of CO (filed June 30, 2010) – granted July 9, 2010
CO Office of Consumer Counsel (filed July 1, 2010) – intervention noted July 9, 2010
U.S. Department of Defense and all other Federal Executive Agencies (filed July 1,
2010) – granted July 9, 2010
Cbeyond Communications (filed June 30, 2010) – granted July 9, 2010
Covad Communications (filed June 30, 2010) – granted July 9, 2010
Bresnan Broadband of CO (filed July 2, 2010) – granted July 9, 2010
Microtech-Tel (filed July 2, 2010) – granted July 9, 2010
iLOKA, Inc. (Microtech-Tel) (filed July 2, 2010) – granted July 9, 2010
Minnesota Integra Telecom (June 2, 2010)- granted June 15, 2010
Intervention Velocity (May 21, 20101) – granted June 15, 2010
Closed (June Communications Workers of American (June 10, 2010) – granted July 16, 2010
25, 2010) Sprint/Nextel (June 17. 2010) – granted July 16, 2010
Extended to Covad Communications (June 14, 2010) – granted July 16, 2010
29-Jul-10 McLeodUSA d/b/a PAETEC Business Services, OrbitCom, Inc., TDS Metrocom, tw
telecom of MN, and Popp.com (collectively CLEC Coalition) (June 18, 2010) –
granted 7/16/2010
T-Mobile Central, LLC (June 25, 2010) – granted July 16, 2010
Charter Fiberlink CCO (June 24, 2010) – granted July 16, 2010
Cbeyond (filed July 1, 2010) – granted July 16, 2010
Level 3 Communications (filed July 21, 2010) – granted August 9, 2010
Crystal Communications/HickoryTech/Enventis/CP Telecom (filed July 23, 2010) –
granted August 9, 2010
Suburban Rate Authority (filed July 28, 2010) – granted August 9, 2010
Rural CLECs (filed July 29, 2010) – granted August 9, 2010
Montana Blackfoot Communications, Inc. (June 9, 2010) – intervention granted July 7, 2010
Closed 3 Rivers Communications (June 24, 2010) – intervention granted July 7, 2010
2-Jul-10 Montana Telecommunications Association (filed June 24, 2010)
Montana Department of Administration (Bureau) (filed June 30, 2010) – intervention
granted July 7, 2010
Integra Telecom (filed June 30, 2010) – intervention granted July 7, 2010
Bresnan Broadband of Montana (filed July 1, 2010) – intervention granted July 7, 2010
Montana Consumer Counsel (filed July 2, 2010) – intervention granted July 7, 2010
IBEW Local 206 (filed July 1, 2010) – intervention granted July 7, 2010
Oregon Integra Telecom (June 7, 2010) – granted June 22, 2010
Intervention XO Communications (June 7, 2010) – granted June 22, 2010
Closed Level3 (June 7, 2010) – granted June 22, 2010
22-Jun-10 Citizens’ Utility Board of OR (June 3, 2010) – granted June 22, 2010
tw telecom (June 7, 2010) – granted June 22, 2010
Parker Communications (June 7, 2010) – granted June 22, 2010
Covad Communications (June 7, 2010) – granted June 22, 2010
Charter Fiberlink OR-CCVII, LLC (June 8, 2010) – granted June 12, 2010
PriorityOne Telecommunications (June 8, 2010) – granted June 12, 2010
Warm Springs Telecommunications Company (June 17, 2010) –
granted June 28,2010
Sprint Nextel West (filed June 22, 2010) – granted June 28, 2010
Tracer (filed June 4, 2010) – granted June 28, 2010
T-Mobile West Corp. (filed June 29, 2010) – granted July 26, 2010
Utah Integra Telecom (June 3, 2010) granted June 30, 2010
Intervention Covad Communications (June 3, 2010) granted June 30, 2010
Closed PAETEC )(June 3, 2010) granted June 30, 2010
June 9,2010 XO Communications (June 3, 2010) granted June 30, 2010
Level 3 (June 7, 2010) granted June 30, 2010
tw telecom (June 7, 2010) granted June 30, 2010
Utah Rural Telecom Association (URTA) (filed June 30, 2010) – granted July 21, 2010
Salt Lake Community Action Program (filed July 15, 2010) – granted August 4, 2010
U.S. Department of Defense (and all other federal executive agencies) (filed July
14,2010) – granted August 4, 2010
Washington Integra Telecom (May 20, 2010) – granted June 10, 2010
State Charter Fiberlink (May 26, 2010) – granted June 10, 2010
Intervention Covad (May 24, 2010) – granted June 10, 2010
Closed Level 3 (May 25, 2010)
May 28,2010 U.S. Department of Defense (May 24, 2010) – granted June 10, 2010
McLeodUSA/PAETEC (May 27, 2010) – granted June 10, 2010
Pac-West (May 26, 2010) – granted June 10, 2010
tw telecom (May 24, 2010) – granted June 10, 2010
XO Communications (May 24, 2010) – granted June 10, 2010
T-Mobile West (late-filed June 29, 2010) – Staff supported July 7, 2010 - granted July


1 Intervention Deadlines: Arizona – no deadline established; Colorado- July 2, 2010; Iowa – June 17, 2010; Minnesota – June 25, 2010; Montana – July 2, 2010; Oregon – June 22, 2010; Utah – June 9, 2010; Washington – May 28, 2010.

About Integra Telecom
Integra Telecom Inc. provides integrated communications services across 33 metropolitan areas in 11 Western states, including: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah and Washington. It owns and operates a best-in-class fiber-optic network comprised of more than 2,800 route miles in 11 metropolitan access networks including approximately 1,386 on-net buildings, a world class Internet and data network, and approximately 4,900-mile highspeed
long-haul fiber network. The company has earned some of the highest customer loyalty and customer satisfaction ratings in the telecommunications industry. Primary equity investors in the company include Goldman, Sachs & Co., Tennenbaum Capital Partners, funds managed by Farallon Capital Partners and Warburg Pincus. Integra Telecom and Electric Lightwave are registered trademarks of Integra Telecom, Inc. For
more information, visit: www.integratelecom.com.

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