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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CenturyLink establishes Las Vegas data center presence via Switch SUPERNAP agreement

CenturyLink has set Las Vegas as the next destination for data center expansion through a partnership with Switch SUPERNAP, a deal that will enable it to immediately expand its footprint while offering Switch customers its portfolio of colocation, cloud, managed services and network services.

CenturyLink launches Cloud Development Center in Seattle

CenturyLink continues to aggressively chase the cloud and use the resources it gained when it acquired Tier 3.

CenturyLink seeks FCC approval to shut down Frame Relay, ATM service

CenturyLink is seeking to shut down its legacy Frame Relay and ATM services in both its Embarq and CenturyTel affiliate regions, reflecting the service provider industry's ongoing shift to IP-based Ethernet business services. It filed a similar application for its Qwest affiliate last year.

CenturyLink, Frontier say CAF-II should support 10/1 Mbps in all high-cost areas

CenturyLink and Frontier Communications say in a joint filing that the second phase of the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF-II) should support the regulator's 10/1 proposed broadband definition in all rural areas they serve today.

Cisco establishes $80M pact with TCL to target China cloud opportunities

Cisco has created an $80 million joint venture with Chinese hardware vendor TCL to establish a foothold in the country's cloud services market.

Updated: Cox goes Gig-to-Gig with CenturyLink in Phoenix with residential launch

Cox Communications has beaten CenturyLink to the punch by officially launching 1 Gbps service for residential customers in Phoenix.  CenturyLink had previously launched 1-Gig service to 16 cities, including Phoenix, in August.

CenturyLink told to modify comparative Internet speed advertising claims

The National Advertising Division (NAD) wants CenturyLink to modify the way it compares its Internet speeds with those offered by Comcast.

Telcos, cable and municipalities get aggressive with 1 Gig pricing

It's hard not to see how Google Fiber's fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) initiative and its $70 a month pricing construct is forcing other traditional telcos, cable operators and municipalities to react with similar offerings.

CenturyLink establishes managed hosting, cloud presence in China

CenturyLink is extending its global managed hosting service set into China, an effort it says is driven initially by U.S.-based multinational corporations (MNCs) that want to establish a presence in the country.

T-Mobile looks to scoop up more 700 MHz spectrum from Triad

T-Mobile US' hunt to score more 700 MHz A Block spectrum continues, with the carrier disclosing that it wants to acquire licenses in that band in four areas across the country, including areas around Reno, Nev., and Anchorage, Alaska.