Dial-up pioneer EarthLink still exists, and it’s merging with Windstream

EarthLink today says it has 671,000 consumer subscribers, while Windstream (which advertises speeds up to 25Mbps) has about 1 million residential Internet subscribers. But the merger is really about business customers, tax benefits, and cost savings. The companies have identified $125 million in annual operating and capital expenses that can be cut within 36 months of closing. Recent operating losses can also be carried forward “to reduce future cash tax expenses.” – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica http://ift.tt/2fMl8ev

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