MONARCH BEACH, Calif., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Embarq Corporation (EQ) announced today that it ranked number 47 on the 2008 InformationWeek 500 revealed last night at a gala awards ceremony, part of the exclusive InformationWeek 500 Conference at the St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach, CA.

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"In addition to placing 47th in the top 500 most innovative companies, Embarq ranked number two in the telecommunications sector," said Vercie Lark, Embarq's Chief Information Officer. "This honor is testimony that we are working to be innovative in everything we do. We place high value on using innovation to improve the daily lives of our employees and our customers, so much so that we recently combined our strategy, information technology, product development, and network evolution planning teams together to enable EMBARQ to bring even more innovation to our markets as traditional IT and telecommunication services converge."

"For 20 years, the InformationWeek 500 has honored the most innovative users of business technology," said InformationWeek Editor-in-Chief Rob Preston. "Year after year, InformationWeek 500 companies harness technology to improve efficiency, boost productivity, drive revenue, and establish a competitive advantage. We applaud this year's winners, and the CIOs and other executives whose ingenuity and risk taking are at the center of business technology innovation."

InformationWeek has identified and honored the nation's most innovative users of information technology with its annual listing, now in its 20th year, and has tracked the technology, strategies, investments and administrative practices of America's best-known companies. The list is unique among corporate rankings because it spotlights the power of innovation in information technology, rather than simply identifying the biggest IT spenders.

Additional details on the InformationWeek 500 can be found online at http://www.informationweek.com/iw500/.

About EMBARQ

Embarq Corporation (NYSE: EQ), headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, offers a complete suite of communications services. The company has approximately 18,000 employees and operates in 18 states. EMBARQ is included in the Fortune 500(R) list of America's largest corporations.

For consumers, EMBARQ offers an innovative portfolio of services that includes reliable local and long distance home phone service, high-speed Internet, wireless, and satellite TV from DISH Network(R) -- all on one monthly bill.

For businesses, EMBARQ has a comprehensive range of flexible and integrated services designed to help businesses of all sizes be more productive and communicate with their customers. This service portfolio includes local voice and data services, long distance, Business Class High Speed Internet, wireless, satellite TV from DIRECTV(R), enhanced data network services, voice and data communication equipment and managed network services.

For more information, visit embarq.com.

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