Issuer Ranking: U.S. Telecom Companies, Strongest To Weakest Jul 10

  • ID: 1785932
  • July 2010
  • Region: United States
  • Standard & Poors
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In the six months since Standard & Poor's Ratings Services' publication of the prior Industry Report Card, the U.S. telecom and cable TV sectors have demonstrated relative rating stability--a testament to the consumer demand for many of these companies' services even during an economic downturn–-as well as a considerable level of merger and acquisition activity. The number of year-to-date rating changes has been limited, with five upgrades and three downgrades. While these data are not sufficient to draw a definitive conclusion, rating trends suggest we may be witnessing the initial impact of the economic recovery on credit quality. However, we do caution that we maintain negative outlooks on the two largest U.S. telecom providers, AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc....

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- CenturyLink Inc.
- Cincinnati Bell Inc.
- Frontier Communications Corp.
- Comcast Corp.
- Sprint Communications Inc.
- Cox Enterprises Inc.
- Telephone and Data Systems Inc.
- AT&T Inc.
- Cablevision Systems Corp.
- Intelsat Corp.
- DISH Network Corp.
- Qwest Communications International Inc.
- ITC DeltaCom Inc.
- NII Holdings Inc.
- GCI Inc.
- Primus Telecommunications Group Inc.
- Crown Castle International Corp.
- Mediacom Communications Corp.
- IPC Systems Inc.
- Level 3 Communications Inc.
- FairPoint Communications Inc.
- TW Telecom Inc.
- Convergys Corp.
- Global Crossing Ltd.
- Alaska Communications Systems Holdings Inc.
- Sidera Networks Inc.
- American Tower Corp.
- Leap Wireless International Inc.
- Verizon Communications Inc.
- One Communications Corp.
- Charter Communications Inc.
- Insight Communications Co. Inc.
- SBA Communications Corp.
- Amdocs Ltd.
- Syniverse Technologies Inc.
- Block Communications Inc.
- Time Warner Cable Inc.
- Atlantic Broadband Finance LLC
- Knology Inc.
- Telcordia Technologies Inc.
- Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc.
- Global Tel*Link Corp.
- GeoEye Inc.
- NTELOS Holdings Corp.
- CapRock Holdings Inc.
- Bresnan Broadband Holdings LLC
- WideOpenWest Finance LLC
- Billing Services Group Ltd.
- T-Mobile US Inc.
- Windstream Services 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
- Hughes Communications Inc.
- Clearwire Corp.
- Terremark Worldwide Inc.
- DigitalGlobe Inc.
- Skype Global S.a.r.l.
- Iridium Communications Inc.
- ViaSat Inc.
- Cequel Communications Holdings I LLC
- TowerCo II Holdings LLC
- Zayo Group LLC
- Securus Holdings Inc.
- PRWireless Inc.
- RCN Telecom Services LLC
- The Telx Group Inc.
- Midcontinent Communications
- Softlayer Technologies Inc.

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