CenturyLink wins 2012 MEF Carrier Ethernet Award

               CenturyLink wins 2012 MEF Carrier Ethernet Award

Company is recognized for its use of innovation in the education segment

PR Newswire

MONROE, La., Dec. 6, 2012

MONROE, La., Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL), a
recognized leader in the network services market by technology industry
analyst firms, received the 2012 "Best Carrier Ethernet Business Application"
award by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF). CenturyLink was awarded for
developing an Ethernet solution for Monroe City Schools in Monroe, La. that
provides the school system with a consolidated and highly resilient
Ethernet-based infrastructure for managing voice, video and data traffic on
their network.

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"CenturyLink has a long history of supporting educational institutions with
the services they need to deliver a richer educational experience," said Matt
Beal, CenturyLink senior vice president - corporate strategy, product
development and chief technology officer. "Our Ethernet solutions provide the
bandwidth-intensive applications each school system needs while allowing them
to easily tailor the connection requirements for each building. This reduces
network complexity and operating costs."

In May of this year, CenturyLink also received the 2012 "Customer Value
Enhancement Award in Retail Mid-Band Ethernet (MBE) Services" from Frost &
Sullivan for its successful deployment of fiber and copper-based MBE services
to small and large businesses and for the growth of its market coverage and
product portfolio.

MEF Carrier Ethernet Awards recognize excellence and leadership in the
delivery of Carrier Ethernet Services and are presented annually in North
America, Asia-Pacific, EMEA and the Caribbean and Latin American regions. The
awards are judged by a panel of senior industry analysts.

About CenturyLink

CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United
States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by
technology industry analyst firms. The company is a global leader in cloud
infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink
provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select
international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network
and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers. The company also
offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink™ Prism™TV and
DIRECTV brands. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500
company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America's largest
corporations. For more information, visit www.centurylink.com.

SOURCE CenturyLink, Inc.

Website: http://www.centurytel.com
Contact: Stephanie Meisse of CenturyLink, Inc., +1-419-755-8433,
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