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 battle Comcast with Prism TV in Minneapolis

The turf battle between IPTV provider CenturyLink and incumbent cable operator Comcast just got a bit bigger. The Minneapolis City Council approved CenturyLink's franchise agreement giving the company the go-ahead to launch IPTV service in Minneapolis with the goal of blanketing the entire city with IPTV coverage within five years.

CenturyLink hunts for $150M profit in 2015, banking on businesses, FTTT strategy

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CenturyLink scales its 1 Gig service to 490,000 SMBs in 17 states

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CenturyLink preempts Google Fiber with 1 Gig, IPTV launch in Portland, Ore.

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A brewing, multiregion turf battle between CenturyLink and its IPTV service and incumbent cable operator Comcast has gotten underway in Portland, Ore., where CenturyLink has launched its fiber-backed Prism TV service to the handful of residents with the necessary 1 Gbps-plus broadband speed.

CenturyLink opens Washington hydroelectric powered data center, enhances cloud, disaster recovery capabilities

CenturyLink has opened a new data center in central Washington that operates on hydroelectric power, a move it says will enable enterprises to lower their power costs while serving as another site to deliver cloud and disaster recovery services.