OVERLAND PARK, KS, Oct 06, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Forty-eight seconds is the amount of extra time it takes to download an average Web page with dial-up Internet as opposed to EMBARQ(R) High-Speed Internet. Instead of wasting all those seconds, EMBARQ wants to see what you can do, learn, perform or create with that time, so it has launched the EMBARQ(R) 48 Seconds Video Contest.

Can you tell your life story, paint a replica of the Mona Lisa on your fingernail, read a book from cover to cover, choreograph a dance routine or come up with a faster way to make a grilled cheese sandwich?

Whatever it is that you can master in 48 seconds, videotape it, go to the YouTube channel featuring the EMBARQ(R) contest at www.youtube.com/embarq and upload your video. The first 50 people to upload a qualifying video will win $50, and the five video finalists win a Flip Video Ultra Camcorder by Pure Digital. The top five videos will be posted on YouTube. The person whose video receives the most votes wins $5,000 and a year of free EMBARQ(R) High-Speed Internet.

"More people are watching online video than ever before, but dial-up Internet connections often make the process frustrating and tedious because of its slower speed," said Dan Alcazar, EMBARQ(R) Consumer Marketing Officer. "We created the 48 Seconds Video Contest as a fun way for people to share what they can do with all the time they get back with EMBARQ(R) High-Speed Internet."

According to a 2008 study from Nielsen's NetViews and NetRatings, an estimated 119 million unique visitors watched 7.5 billion video streams online during the month of May alone. A 2007 study by Pew Internet & American Life Project found that 66 percent of people with high-speed connections at home watched online video, while only 39 percent of dial-up users did.

The 48-seconds claim is based on standard dial-up services as compared to EMBARQ(R) High-Speed Internet service. Visit www.embarq.com/hsi for further details.


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 and is 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 www.embarq.com.

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SOURCE: Embarq Corporation