Embarq to Cut 500-700 Jobs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) _ Telecommunications company Embarq Corp. is cutting between 500 and 700 jobs and eliminating around 300 contract positions.

The Overland Park-based company said Friday that the job cuts will all come from its Network Services organization, which installs and maintains its network. The cuts are part of the company's attempts to bring down costs.

Embarq said it expects to complete the cuts in the fourth quarter but will incur charges related to severance and other termination costs in the third quarter. Those charges haven't been determined.

The nation's fourth-largest traditional telephone company with service in 18 states has seen a decline in access lines as customers switch to wireless and Internet telephone services.

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