management’s discussion and analysis
of financial condition and results of operations

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

In this report we have made forward-looking statements. These statements are based on our estimates and assumptions and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include the information concerning our possible or assumed future results of operations. Forward-looking statements also include those preceded or followed by the words ’anticipates,” ’believes,” ’estimates,” ’hopes” or similar expressions. For those statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

The following important factors, along with those discussed elsewhere in this report could affect future results and could cause those results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements:

  • adverse conditions in the U.S. and international economies;
  • competition in our markets;
  • material adverse changes in labor matters, including labor negotiations or additional organizing activity, and any resulting financial and/or operational impact;
  • material changes in available technology;
  • any disruption of our key suppliers’ provisioning of products or services;
  • significant increases in benefit plan costs or lower investment returns on plan assets;
  • breaches of network or information technology security, natural disasters or terrorist attacks or existing or future litigation and any resulting financial impact not covered by insurance;
  • technology substitution;
  • an adverse change in the ratings afforded our debt securities by nationally accredited ratings organizations or adverse conditions in the credit markets impacting the cost, including interest rates, and/or availability of financing;
  • any changes in the regulatory environments in which we operate, including any increase in restrictions on our ability to operate our networks;
  • the timing, scope and financial impact of our deployment of broadband technology;
  • changes in our accounting assumptions that regulatory agencies, including the SEC, may require or that result from changes in the accounting rules or their application, which could result in an impact on earnings;
  • our ability to complete acquisitions and dispositions; and
  • the inability to implement our business strategies.