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....
newratings.com  May 4  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - CenturyLink, Inc. (CTL) revealed earnings for its first quarter that rose compared to the same period last year. The company said its bottom line totaled $386 million, or $0.71 per share. This was up from $375 million, or...
Benzinga  Mar 30  Comment 
CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced it has acquired netAura LLC, a security services firm. Virginia-based netAura has worked extensively with U.S. government agencies and corporations on cybersecurity, security information and event...
Benzinga  Mar 17  Comment 
Jefferies’ Mike McCormack downgraded the rating for Centurylink Inc (NYSE: CTL) from Hold to Underperform, while reducing the price target from $25 to $24, mentioning that the secular challenges facing the company are unlikely to abate in the...
Forbes  Mar 1  Comment 
Looking at options trading activity among components of the Russell 3000 index, there is noteworthy activity today in WhiteWave Foods Co. (NYSE: WWAV), where a total volume of 15,025 contracts has been traded thus far today, a contract volume...
Forbes  Feb 11  Comment 
Looking at the sectors faring best as of midday Thursday, shares of Technology & Communications companies are outperforming other sectors, losing just 0.8%. Within the sector, Tripadvisor Inc (NASD: TRIP) and CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) are two...


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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