Benzinga  Jul 18  Comment 
Morgan Stanley downgraded Centurylink Inc (NYSE: CTL) to Underweight from Equal Weight, lowering the price target to $27 from $31. The analysts mentioned the following three reasons for the rating change decision: Upside risk to...
newratings.com  Jun 14  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - CenturyLink Inc. (CTL) announced the acquisition of ElasticBox, a multi-cloud application management service. This acquisition combines the ElasticBox platform with the global network, hosting and delivery capabilities of...
Motley Fool  Jun 8  Comment 
Investors shrugged off a decent first-quarter report to focus on weak guidance, and the telecom's stale dividend policy didn't help matters.
CNNMoney.com  Jun 6  Comment 
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Forbes  Jun 1  Comment 
Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, in trading on Wednesday, shares of CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) were yielding above the 8% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $2.16), with the stock changing hands...
Forbes  May 26  Comment 
Legendary investor Warren Buffett advises to be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful. One way we can try to measure the level of fear in a given stock is through a technical analysis indicator called the Relative...
Forbes  May 5  Comment 
Among the underlying components of the S&P 500 index, we saw noteworthy options trading volume today in Red Hat Inc (NYSE: RHT), where a total of 9,633 contracts have traded so far, representing approximately 963,300 underlying shares. That...
Forbes  May 5  Comment 
The DividendRank formula at Dividend Channel ranks a coverage universe of thousands of dividend stocks, according to a proprietary formula designed to identify those stocks that combine two important characteristics — strong fundamentals and a...
Bulk Transporter  May 5  Comment 
OVER the last four years CTL Transportation LLC has undergone an incredible transformation. And the process continues for the Auburndale, Florida-based company. read more
Bulk Transporter  May 5  Comment 
Bulk Transporter  May 5  Comment 
Articles include CTL Transportation extending its chemical hauling range, Slay Transportation opens its new 20-acre terminal, more fleets are favoring leased vehicles, plus coverage of the TMC Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition....


CenturyTel, Inc. (CTL) is a Monroe, Louisiana-based operator of rural telephone services. The firm is one of the leading pure-play rural local exchange carriers (RLECs), with over 2.1 million telephone access lines, primarily in rural areas and small to mid-size cities in 21 states. Based on the number of access lines served, the company is the seventh largest local exchange telephone company in the United States. In addition to offering local phone services, the company also provides long-distance, Internet access, fiber optic network services, security monitoring, as well as other communications and business information services. In 2006, CenturyTel generated revenue from the following sources: network access (37%), voice revenues (35%), data (14%), fiber transport and CLEC (6%) and other (8%). All operations of CenturyTel are located in the U.S. Recently available information provides key market segment data, which include: Wisconsin (representing 20% of access lines), Missouri (20%), Alabama (12%), Arkansas (11%), Washington (8%), Michigan (5%), Louisiana (4%), Colorado (4%), Ohio (4%), Oregon (3%) and other (8%).

Historically, the company has grown at a healthy rate in part due to its acquisition initiatives. In July 2002, CenturyTel acquired 650,000 access lines in Alabama and Missouri from Verizon. In the second and fourth quarters of 2003, it acquired Digital Teleport and Midwest Fiber Optic Network, respectively. On April 30, 2007, the company completed the acquisition of Madison River Communications Corp (MRCC). With this acquisition, CenturyTel added approximately 170,000 access lines in new markets and enjoys attractive growth prospects in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois and North Carolina. Madison River's network is nearly 100% broadband-enabled and also includes a 2,400 route-mile fiber network that is complementary to CenturyTel's existing operations.


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