CenturyLink to build Technology Center of Excellence

             CenturyLink to build Technology Center of Excellence

Company selects Yates Construction as construction management company

PR Newswire

MONROE, La., Jan. 17, 2013

MONROE, La., Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) plans
to build a facility that will feature industry-leading technology resources as
part of its plan to expand its workforce in Monroe, and the company has
selected Yates Construction as the construction management company for the

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The CenturyLink Technology Center of Excellence will include technology
research and development labs, a network operations center and office and
meeting space. In the center, employees and vendors with network technology
and IT skills will work together to create innovative products and services
for CenturyLink's customers.

The center, which will be located on the north side of CenturyLink's existing
headquarters building on Hwy. 165 North in Monroe, will encompass
approximately 250,000 square feet, and will accommodate about 800 employees.

"The Technology Center of Excellence will help support our objective of
bringing high-quality jobs to Monroe," said CEO and President Glen F. Post,
III. "We expect the center to spur innovation, idea generation and problem
solving that will benefit our customers, our employees and the communities we

CenturyLink plans to build the facility to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design) Silver certification requirements.

CenturyLink hopes to break ground on the center in early 2013. It is expected
to be completed by the end of 2014, and should be operational in early 2015.

Yates Construction has been in business for almost 50 years and has offices
across the U.S. and internationally. With multiple Louisiana offices, Yates
will provide local support including an on-site construction executive in
Monroe who will manage the contractors required for CenturyLink's expanded

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.centurylink.com
Contact: Annmarie Sartor, +1-318-388-9671, annmarie.sartor@centurylink.com
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