Issuer Ranking: Credit Stability Characterizes Telecom And Cable Despite Challenges Oct 08

  • ID: 1785728
  • October 2008
  • Standard & Poors
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  • ALLTEL Corp.
  • CenturyLink Inc.
  • D&E Communications Inc.
  • Global Tel*Link Corp.
  • ITC DeltaCom Inc.
  • PAETEC Holding Corp.
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From the perspective of rating changes and the distribution of rating outlooks, stability has been the dominant trend among telecom and cable companies over the past quarter. About 70% of ratings have stable outlooks, with the balance just slightly tilted toward the negative side. Significantly, the ratio of recent upgrades to downgrades has been roughly equal, in marked contrast to the considerably more negative bias for corporate ratings overall. This relative stability, during a time of market and economic upheaval, contrasts with another period of market stress in 2001 and 2002, when downgrades outpaced upgrades by factors of 12x and 27x, respectively. Why such a measure of relative credit stability during these challenging times- At least some of this phenomenon...

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- CenturyLink Inc.
- Cincinnati Bell Inc.
- Frontier Communications Corp.
- Comcast Corp.
- ALLTEL Corp.
- Sprint Communications Inc.
- Cox Enterprises Inc.
- Telephone and Data Systems Inc.
- AT&T Inc.
- Cablevision Systems Corp.
- Centennial Communications Corp.
- DISH Network Corp.
- Qwest Communications International Inc.
- ITC DeltaCom Inc.
- GCI Inc.
- Crown Castle International Corp.
- Mediacom Communications Corp.
- IPC Systems Inc.
- Level 3 Communications Inc.
- FairPoint Communications Inc.
- TW Telecom Inc.
- Convergys Corp.
- Comverse Technology Inc.
- Alaska Communications Systems Holdings Inc.
- American Tower Corp.
- Leap Wireless International Inc.
- Verizon Communications Inc.
- One Communications Corp.
- iPCS Inc.
- Charter Communications Inc.
- Insight Communications Co. Inc.
- Intelsat S.A.
- Amdocs Ltd.
- Syniverse Technologies Inc.
- Block Communications Inc.
- D&E Communications Inc.
- Time Warner Cable Inc.
- Atlantic Broadband Finance LLC
- Knology Inc.
- Securus Technologies Inc.
- Telcordia Technologies Inc.
- Iowa Telecommunications Services Inc.
- Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc.
- Hughes Network Systems LLC
- Hawaiian Telcom Communications Inc.
- Global Tel*Link Corp.
- GeoEye Inc.
- NTELOS Holdings Corp.
- NuVox Inc.
- CapRock Holdings Inc.
- Bresnan Broadband Holdings LLC
- WideOpenWest Finance LLC
- Cequel Communications LLC
- Billing Services Group Ltd.
- Embarq Corp.
- T-Mobile US Inc.
- Windstream Services LLC
- Iridium Satellite LLC
- U.S. TelePacific Holdings Corp.
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- Broadview Networks Holdings Inc.
- Equinix Inc.
- PAETEC Holding Corp.
- Hargray Holdings LLC
- Integra Telecom Inc.
- MCNA Cable Holdings LLC

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