Table: Country Powerhouse

Alltel's $6.1 billion bid for CenturyTel would give the niche player new muscle

FINANCIAL POWER

A combined Alltel (AT ) and CenturyTel (CTL ) would have 12 million customers, $10 billion in revenue, and $4 billion in operating cash flow

CELLULAR CLOUT

With CenturyTel, Alltel would dominate rural wireless, boasting 7.2 million customers, three times the number of its biggest rival

GEOGRAPHIC REACH

The combo would give Alltel access to 15 new states, most in the West and Midwest, in addition to its Southern strongholds

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