CenturyLink breaks ground on Technology Center of Excellence

         CenturyLink breaks ground on Technology Center of Excellence

Company partnering with community to help grow and enhance region

PR Newswire

MONROE, La., March 4, 2013

MONROE, La., March 4,2013 /PRNewswire/ --CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL)
today hosted a groundbreaking for its Technology Center of Excellence at
CenturyLink's headquarters campus on Hwy. 165 North in Monroe. Officials
participating in the groundbreaking included CEO and President Glen F. Post,
III, Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal, Mayor of Monroe Jamie Mayo and
Ouachita Parish Police Jury Vice President Walt Caldwell.

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The CenturyLink Technology Center of Excellence, which will encompass
approximately 250,000 square feet and accommodate about 800 employees, will be
located on the north side of CenturyLink's existing headquarters building. It
is expected to be completed by the end of 2014, and should be operational in
early 2015. A five-story parking garage will be constructed adjacent to the
new facility, and construction on a new road to the center began last week.

To view renderings of the CenturyLink Technology Center of Excellence, visit

The center will include technology research and development labs, a network
operations center, and office and meeting space. Employees and vendors with
network, technology and IT skills will work together in this new center to
create innovative products and services for CenturyLink's customers.

"We are very pleased to celebrate this occasion as we initiate the
construction of our new technology center," Post said. "We expect the new
center to enhance our ability to grow our operations in this area and to be a
catalyst for the development of technology solutions for our customers."

In addition to the construction of the new technology center, CenturyLink
continues to work with a number of local agencies and business partners to
enhance the quality of life and strengthen the economic base of northeastern
Louisiana. These projects include:

  oUniting with partners such as the Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City,
    La., and local educational institutions to increase the focus on science,
    technology, engineering and math (STEM)
  oConnecting two of its partners, IBM and United Way of Northeast Louisiana,
    with community-building efforts including the implementation of IBM's
    KidSmart Program in several local kindergarten classrooms.
  oJoining forces with the North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP), the
    local chambers of commerce, the convention and visitors' bureau, the state
    and others to enhance and highlight northeastern Louisiana's assets both
    outside of the local area and with fellow citizens.
  oTaking part in a pilot program with other community and business leaders
    to provide those who are new to the region with opportunities and
    incentives to become involved with a variety of local civic and charitable
    organizations in the community.

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^TM 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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