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Cellular News  May 24  Comment 
MONROE, La.andnbsp;CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced the results of a commissioned study on the digital transformation of global enterprises. Conducted by 451 Research, the Enterprise Digital Transformation Study provides insight...
Motley Fool  May 23  Comment 
The beaten-down telecom giant got a vote of confidence last week from activist investor Keith Meister. Here's his take.
Cellular News  May 20  Comment 
MONROE, La.andnbsp;CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced that the lead arrangers for its new proposed senior secured credit facilities have allocated the loans to be made under its $6.0 billion term loan B facility (the "Term Loan B...
Motley Fool  May 18  Comment 
The pending acquisition of Level 3 is more important for the company.
The Economic Times  May 17  Comment 
Dabur had acquired another South African firm CTL Group of Companies to buy out its personal and hair care business for US $ 1.5 million.
Clusterstock  May 1  Comment 
One sector is on pace to ruin the S&P 500's clean earnings sheet for the first quarter. Telecoms, the smallest sector by number of constituents, has failed to deliver on the earnings growth that Wall Street had been anticipating after a run...
The Economic Times  Apr 24  Comment 
The development takes on significance as domestic coal gas can help lower the country's import bill by $ 10 billion in five years and cut carbon emission.
Motley Fool  Apr 7  Comment 
Could this huge dividend yield be too good to be true? Maybe not.




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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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