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 to bring 1 Gbps broadband to 700,000 homes by end of year

CenturyLink has set an aggressive goal with its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) initiative, signaling that it plans to reach 700,000 residential homes with the service by the end of the year.

CenturyLink, AT&T join USTelecom in asking for stay on net neutrality order

AT&T and CenturyLink have joined USTelecom and the CTIA trade associations in firing the latest salvo at net neutrality orders by asking the FCC to stay its action of placing broadband Internet access services under Title II regulation.

Comcast faces Minneapolis competition as CenturyLink zeroes in on franchise agreement

As it fights for a new franchise agreement in its home city, Philadelphia, Comcast is also watching Minneapolis city officials consider a bid to let CenturyLink compete with Comcast in their market.

CenturyLink, Frontier, others to expand rural broadband with FCC's $1.7B Connect America Fund II

CenturyLink, Frontier Communications and a number of other Tier 2 telcos that have struggled to bring broadband services to hard-to-reach rural areas will now have another aide with the second phase of the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF-II), which is offering service providers about $1.7 billion in funding.

CenturyLink is close to winning a TV franchise in Minneapolis and doing battle with Comcast

CenturyLink may soon give Comcast a dose of new TV competition in Minneapolis if it gets final city council approval for its video franchise in May.

CenturyLink establishes presence in Australia's data center market

CenturyLink has taken another step forward with its Asia-Pacific data center expansion effort, announcing that it has extended its services into the Australian market through a partnership with Data-Center-as-a-Service provider NEXTDC Limited.

Broadband goes local in Montana and New Mexico

The digital divide is being sliced in two Western states where a rural telecommunications provider, Nemont Telephone Cooperative of Scobey, Mont., and the city of Santa Fe, N.M., have taken it upon themselves to fill the gap between narrowband and broadband.

CenturyLink snaps up Orchestrate, deepens cloud-based database service set

CenturyLink has reached a deal to acquire Orchestrate, deepening its cloud service portfolio with a new set of managed database service capabilities.

CenturyLink enables Utah Education and Telehealth Network to bring 1 Terabit to 1,400 schools, colleges

CenturyLink's ongoing 1 Gbps network fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) drive continues to find new utility in the education sector and the company's win to provide 1 Terabit of combined bandwidth to the Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN) is an example of that trend.

CenturyLink sues the FCC over net neutrality rules

CenturyLink is suing the FCC over its net neutrality rules. The lawsuit was filed Friday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.