What is CenturyLink?
CenturyLink is a telecommunications company that offers TV, phone and Internet service for home and business communication and entertainment. CenturyLink customers can bundle high-speed Internet with phone and/or TV services. For residential and business, CenturyLink offers a variety of bundles and plans. It's easy to find the one that fits your telecommunications needs.
CenturyLink Shares its Story
Every company has a history, but not every company has a story.
CenturyLink is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the United States, offering high-speed Internet and home phone service. But how did CenturyLink get there?
In the beginning
CenturyLink's story starts back in 1930 when it was the Oak Ridge Telephone Company, based out of Oak Ridge, Louisiana. William Clarke and Marie Williams bought it for $500, back when there were only 75 subscribers. They had a son, Clarke McRae Williams, who received ownership of the company as a wedding gift.
Expansion was what laid in store for the Oak Ridge Telephone Company - Clarke incorporated the family business into three states serving 10,000 access lines - a far cry from the 75 subscribers his parents inherited.
In 1971, the company underwent a name change: Century Telephone Enterprise, Inc.
The next year, Century made itself an overnight name by acquiring La Crosse (Wisconsin) Telephone Corporation. Five years after that, Century common stock was being traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
1978 was also when Century began to switch from electromechanical switches to digital computer technology.
The early eighties is when Century got into the phone service business - the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gave Century permission for cellular mobile telephone service.
After its FCC approval, Century began to operate cellular systems in Michigan.
In 1989, Century made a big move, paying $90 million in cash for the outstanding capital stock of Universal Telephone, Inc.
Purchasing Universal Telephone's stock wasn't the last cash Century was willing to spend – in 1992 Century paid $135 million for Central Telephone Company of Ohio. Why? Central served more than 65,000 access lines, and increased Century's access line total by 20%.
In 1996, Century exceeded half a million customers in its local exchange operations.
In 1997, Century paid attention to its Southern roots by acquiring a security company that provides full-fledged security systems to a customer base of 4,000, spread throughout Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi.
1999 marked another year and another name change, this time to CenturyTel, Inc.
Becoming the CenturyLink you know today
The past 13 years have been a blur of acquisitions of access lines in states all over the country, including:
- North Carolina
In 2005, CenturyTel made a big investment toward a new kind of Internet - fiber. That June, CenturyTel added 16 fiber networks to its resume.
Five years later, CenturyTel became CenturyLink, and also became the new owners of Embarq Corporation and Qwest.
Now, after acquiring Qwest and other companies, CenturyLink is the high-speed Internet service and home phone service expert that you know after 85 years in the making.
CenturyLink home: What CenturyLink is known for
Your home is your happy place. CenturyLink home services are meant to keep it that way.
CenturyLink Internet is arguably CenturyLink's best-known service. The company is also known for offering high-speed Internet and home phone service together in bundles. Bundles are when customers simply order two CenturyLink home services at the same time, for a tied-together monthly price.
As an Internet service provider, CenturyLink also offers benefits on select plans like:
- 5-year price lock guarantee. This Internet offer is for customers looking to keep the same monthly price on their Internet plan for the long run - for up to five years.
- No term agreement. Some high-speed Internet service providers require you to sign a contract, but you can opt out of one when getting CenturyLink Internet service and a 5-year price lock guarantee.
Other CenturyLink offers include 24/7 tech support, a free self-installation kit and other features.
Even with all the changes and acquisitions, CenturyLink knows its roots - and is still headquartered in Louisiana.