McCormack also thinks that it might take a while for CenturyLink to get its own wireless service because it will have to spend most of the next year integrating Qwest's network into its own. He estimates that this process should at least go well into 2012 and could make it difficult for the company to aggressively expand its reach over a short period.
Johnson says even if it takes CenturyTel a while to become a nationwide player with both strong enterprise broadband and wireless services, it will be a welcome addition to a market that she thinks is in danger of becoming a duopoly.
"We've been pretty successful with having three main carriers over the last decade when it comes to seeing price reductions and innovations," she says. "But with two carriers you won't get that sort of competition."
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