EMBARQ(TM) Celebrates One Million High-Speed Internet Subscribers; Donates Service to Organizations Across the Country

 OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Dec 11, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ --Embarq Corporation (NYSE: EQ) announced today that it now has one million subscribers enjoying EMBARQ(TM) High-Speed Internet (HSI) service.

EMBARQ began rolling out high-speed Internet services in 1999. Today, nearly 77% of EMBARQ's consumer and business access lines are HSI capable and that number will continue to grow.

"We are continuing our investments to provide our communities with safe, secure and reliable high-speed Internet service," said Dan Hesse, EMBARQ chairman and CEO.

Giving Back to the Communities

In honor of having one million HSI subscribers, EMBARQ is donating one year of HSI service to 24 non-profit organizations located within the company's 18-state service territory. This donation can be used by the various agencies to better serve their local community.

"We want to celebrate this major milestone with others who will benefit from what our high-speed service has to offer," said Hesse. "EMBARQ gives back to the communities we serve, and we are proud to offer this technological resource to worthy organizations."

Offering Common Sense Solutions

This year the company has been adding new HSI subscribers at a rapid pace. At the end of the third quarter this year, EMBARQ had 46% more subscribers than it did at the end of the third quarter in 2005. The company offers common sense, high-speed Internet pricing that doesn't change for as long as the customer has the service. EMBARQ also allows residential and business customers to pay for only the speeds that they need -- either up to 1.5 mbps, 3.0 mbps or 5.0 mbps. EMBARQ plans to launch high-speed Internet with increased upload and download speeds, with up to 10 mbps download speeds available in selected markets.

In addition, the company began offering its HSI subscribers 25 gigabytes of online storage space free of charge through EMBARQ(TM) Media Safe(SM). This service allows residential high-speed Internet customers to easily access, share, organize, back-up and store all of their computer files and data online.


Embarq Corporation (NYSE: EQ), headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, offers a complete suite of common sense communications services. The company has approximately 20,000 employees and operates in 18 states. EMBARQ, which is expected to rank among the Fortune 500, is included in the S&P 500.

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 DSL, wireless, enhanced data network services, voice and data communication equipment and managed network services.

EMBARQ believes that by focusing on the communities the company serves and by employing common sense and practical ingenuity, it is able to provide customers with a committed partner, dedicated customer service and innovative products for work and home. For more information, visit embarq.com.

Embarq Corporation


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