27 Facts About CenturyLink


CenturyLink remained as a family-operated business until it became incorporated in 1968.

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CenturyLink provided telephone service in parts of 14 states by that time.

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CenturyLink acquired another Monroe, Louisiana security company, Century Protection Systems, and acquired 89,000 access lines and 19 exchanges in 21 northern Wisconsin communities from Ameritech.

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CenturyLink was succeeded by then vice chairman Glen F Post III.

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CenturyLink sold its wireless business to ALLTEL in order to concentrate on its rural landline business.

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On October 19,2009, CenturyTel and Embarq brandings were retired, and all business was officially conducted under the CenturyLink banner, continuing to trade on the NYSE under the CenturyTel stock ticker CTL.

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Addition of Qwest allowed CenturyLink to become the third largest telecommunications company in the United States, and the largest landline phone provider in the state of Colorado.

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On July 15,2011, CenturyLink acquired Savvis, Inc, a global provider of cloud infrastructure and hosted IT services for $2 billion, which represented all outstanding shares of Savvis common stock at $40 per share.

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On December 4,2012, CenturyLink launched an integrated suite of cloud services called Savvisdirect.

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CenturyLink later shuttered the savvisdirect subsidiary, consolidating their cloud service offerings internally.

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On June 14,2013, CenturyLink announced the acquisition of AppFog, a Portland-based Platform as a Service used by over 100,000 developers to automate the deployment of software on public clouds such as Amazon Web Services and OpenStack.

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On November 19,2013, CenturyLink announced the acquisition of Tier 3, a Seattle-based infrastructure as a service, platform, and advanced cloud management company based on Cloud Foundry.

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On December 8,2014, CenturyLink announced the acquisition of DataGardens, Inc, a Disaster Recovery as-a-Service provider based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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On December 11,2014, CenturyLink announced the acquisition of Cognilytics, a predictive analytics and big data service provider.

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On March 30,2016, CenturyLink announced the acquisition of netAura, a security services company that focuses on cybersecurity, security information and event management, analytics, and vulnerability management.

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On January 9,2017, CenturyLink announced the acquisition of Edison, New Jersey-based SEAL Consulting, a leading SAP services provider.

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On October 31,2016, CenturyLink announced its intent to acquire Level 3 Communications in a deal valued at around $25 billion.

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On September 10,2019, CenturyLink announced the acquisition of Streamroot, a provider of disruptive technology to improve video and static content delivery within bandwidth constrained areas.

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On September 14,2020, CenturyLink, Inc announced that it had changed its name to Lumen Technologies, Inc Effective with the opening of the trading day on Sept 18,2020, the company stock ticker changed from CTL to LUMN.

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CenturyLink provides analytics and threat management, risk and compliance support, and threat research labs.

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CenturyLink Residential provides Internet, voice, and TV, via partnership with DirecTV.

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On Feb 2,2014, CenturyLink announced the availability of Gigabit fiber service to multi-tenant businesses in Salt Lake City and surrounding communities.

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On September 15,2015, CenturyLink announced the expansion of its gigabit fiber service to residential and business customers in six additional states, increasing the company's service coverage to select areas of 17 states.

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On May 2,2017 CenturyLink, Inc completed the previously announced sale of its data centers and colocation business to funds advised by BC Partners, in a consortium including Medina Capital Advisors and Longview Asset Management.

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CenturyLink has customers in more than 60 countries and has been named one of America's best customer service companies.

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Federal Communications Commission ordered CenturyLink to pay a record $16 million for failing to alert authorities of a preventable programming error that left nearly 11 million people in seven states without access to emergency services for six hours in 2014.

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In December 2018, CenturyLink faced criticism for requiring residential customers in Utah to, via DNS hijacking, view and acknowledge a notice advertising its security and parental control software, before they could connect to the internet again.

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