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Knology keeps Sunflower caps; Sunflower name fades to black

Fri, 01/21/2011 - 7:20am
Mike Robuck

After purchasing Sunflower Broadband last year, Knology is continuing the use of Sunflower's broadband usage caps and phasing out the Sunflower name.

While Kansas-based Sunflower charged customers when they exceeded their monthly usage limit, Knology doesn't have a cap for its data users, but website Stop the Cap reported that the monthly limits will stay in place for the former Sunflower subscribers.

Earlier this week, Knology officially dropped the Sunflower name in Lawrence, Kan., and other former areas of Sunflower's footprint. The Lawrence Journal World reported that signs, trucks and logos are being re-branded with Knology's name and logos.

Knology CEO Rodger Johnson was in Lawrence this week, where he confirmed that most of the layoffs in the area were in Sunflower's former customer service, call center and accounting and finance areas.

Knology expects to have about 130 employees in Lawrence, compared with the 200 Sunflower employees, according to the Lawrence Journal World.

Johnson also said Knology was looking at extending data services into nearby Douglas County, Kan.

For now, Former Sunflower customers can continue to use their Sunflower-branded e-mail accounts, but Knology said it hadn't made a decision on whether those addresses would be changed in the future.

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