CenturyLink encourages employees to thank NC legislators for anti-muni telecom bill

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North Carolina legislators got their way in driving their anti-muni bill forward, and now one of its biggest advocates, CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) wants its employees to thank them for their efforts.

"We encourage you to send an e-mail to your Representative, thanking him or her for supporting the bill," CenturyLink's management said to employees in the e-mail. "Opponents of the legislation, including the NC Municipal League and other groups, lobbied fiercely against the bill. So, your Representative's support of the bill showed courage and conviction."

CenutryLink's e-mail also told employees to emphasize the fact the telco employs 2,350 people in North Carolina and serves almost 1 million phone lines and the new bill enables it to expand its investments in the state's telecom infrastructure.

The law, while neither signed nor vetoed by the state's governor Beverly Perdue, was lobbied hard by CenturyLink and cable operator Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) to inhibit the efforts such as Wilson and Salisbury which have both launched their own Fiber to the Home (FTTH) service with speeds that CentuyLink won't be able to reach over its Fiber to the Node (FTTN) hybrid copper/fiber infrastructure.

For more:
- Broadband DSL Reports has this article

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