AP excerpt A spokeswoman for Stamford, Conn.-based Citizens Communications Co., which serves more rural markets than AT&T, said just because AT&T is seeing a slowdown it doesn't mean it's that way for other companies. She pointed to comments from Chairwoman and CEO Maggie Wilderotter at last week's conference.
She said Citizens had a "very strong" fourth quarter, both in access lines and high-speed Internet service. Its nonpayment disconnections were actually down sequentially.
"I just wanted to dispel the myth, that just because it goes that way for AT&T, it doesn't necessarily go that way for everybody else in the sector," she said at the conference.
Windstream Corp., which serves about 3.2 million access lines in states including Texas, Alabama, New York and Pennsylvania, saw a bit of a spike in non-pay disconnects in July, but by the end of the quarter it leveled off, CEO Jeff Gardner said at the conference.