OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Adam Creswell, a Greenwood, SC, area IT manager, had resigned himself to using dial-up at his parents' home. But after entering -- and winning -- an EMBARQ co-sponsored contest with MySpace, he and his parents are living in the Internet fast lane.

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Creswell won the EMBARQ "Friends Don't Let Friends (or Family) Use Dial-Up" contest for submitting the best essay on how a slow Internet connection has affected his life.

Creswell, who described the withdrawal of doing without high-speed Internet access when he moved in with his parents while he remodeled a home, will receive one year of EMBARQ(TM) High-Speed Internet service and $1,000.

"I was shocked -- I never win anything!" Creswell said after being notified he had won. "I told my parents and they were also pleasantly surprised. For years we've dealt with dial-up, which has led us to avoid computer use altogether. We're all so used to having a high-speed connection at work, and now we're going to be lucky enough to have it at home. I'm thrilled! 'Shock & Awe' -- Does that pretty much sum it up?"

The EMBARQ(TM) contest on MySpace was part of the company's launch of its official MySpace community. Entrants were asked to "Tell us how a slow Internet connection has affected your life."

Here is Creswell's winning entry:

"Recently, I moved back in with my family while I'm remodeling a home I just purchased. My parents still have dial-up internet access. Wow. I'm used to a high-speed connection -- it's mandatory. Between waiting for literally HOURS to receive pictures and attachments sent from friends and family via e-mail and reading the newspaper while waiting on a Web page to load, it's excruciating. Downloading music? Forget it. Streaming video? Don't think so. It has come to the point that my parents and I just stopped using the computer at home. My mother, a school teacher, and my father, an industrial engineer, are relatively advanced. High-definition TV, surround sound, and all the latest gadgetry are commonplace to them in every other aspect of their lives, but they cannot seem to grasp the idea of a high-speed connection at home! Not to mention that I'm an IT Manager! It's doubly hard for me to work from home -- no--- it is IMPOSSIBLE for me to work from home. No remote connections via dial-up. No opportunity to check e-mail from the house 00 because heaven forbid I receive an attachment over 50k... I cringe at the thought of that little yellow balloon appearing over my system tray: 'Now connected at 45.2kbps.' Please help my parents (and me) into the 21st century."


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 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 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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CO:  Embarq Corporation; MySpace
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