Like some of its other ILEC counterparts, CenturyLink was created through the former CenturyTel’s acquisition of Embarq. Seeking to further scale its revenue and overall operations, CenturyLink signed an agreement in April 2010 to purchase Qwest Communications for $22.4 billion, including the assumption of $11.8 billion of Qwest net debt. Since completion of the deal on April 1, 2011, the combined company has local access service capabilities in 37 states and a 180,000 route mile fiber network.

CenturyLink, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is based in Monroe, Louisiana. The company provides a range of communications services, including local and long distance voice, wholesale network access, high-speed Internet access, other data services, and video services in the continental United States. As of December 31, 2009, it operated approximately 7.0 million telephone access lines.

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