announced they received the necessary for their merger with . Both Pennsylvania and Washington approved the transaction. All that remains now is the required blessing from the FCC. “Upon FCC approval, we will create a new leading communications company, which will have the scale and financial strength to deliver a compelling portfolio of communications services targeted to benefit customers across our markets,” said Tom Gerke, EMBARQ’s chief executive officer in a CenturyTel statement.

The merger is expected to close sometime in 2Q09 and will create a with 7.5 million access lines, more than two million broadband customers and more than 400,000 video subscribers (as of March 31, 2009). If is approved, then CenturyTel-EMBARQ will battle them for the largest rural focused telco crown in North America.

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