CenturyLink to make Omaha one of the fastest broadband cities in America

   CenturyLink to make Omaha one of the fastest broadband cities in America

Thousands are eligible for company's new high-speed fiber network pilot

PR Newswire

OMAHA, Neb., May 1, 2013

OMAHA, Neb., May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today
announced it is connecting 48,000 Omaha homes and businesses with its new
high-speed fiber network pilot that will deliver Internet speeds of up to one
Gigabit per second (Gbps) – 100 times faster than average broadband speeds.

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CenturyLink is upgrading its existing fiber architecture in west Omaha to
create a more robust network that delivers fiber optic connections directly to
homes and businesses. This upgraded fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology
will provide eligible customers with access to some of the fastest upload and
download Internet speeds currently available in the U.S.

"CenturyLink is pleased to offer its Omaha customers ultra-fast broadband
speeds up to 1 Gbps to help keep pace with growing broadband demands," said
Karen Puckett, CenturyLink chief operating officer. "This demonstrates our
commitment to deliver communications solutions that provide our customers with
the technology they need to enhance their quality of life, now and into the
future."

Using 1 Gbps, customers can download a high-definition movie in seconds and
stream it from multiple devices, gain instant access to cloud services and
applications on demand, and subscribe to the latest information and
entertainment services available. Speeds are also symmetrical, allowing
customers to upload videos and large files of information just as fast as they
download. Customers utilizing CenturyLink's 1 Gbps service in Omaha will have
a direct connection to the company's recently upgraded 100 Gbps global
network, designed to accommodate the bandwidth demand driven by cloud
computing, mobile traffic, big data and video streaming.

"After working on telecommunications issues for more than a decade now, I'm
well aware of the many economic benefits that come from access to high-speed
broadband," said U.S. Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.). "I'm proud that CenturyLink has
chosen Omaha for its 1 Gig pilot and really believe that the sky is the limit
for our local tech community now that they'll have access to the fastest
Internet speeds in the country."

"Our ability to provide this service to Omaha residents is partly due to the
good collaboration and partnership we have had with the City of Omaha and
their support at the local level," said Danny Pate, CenturyLink vice president
and general manager – Nebraska. "CenturyLink is pleased to offer Omaha next
generation broadband technology. With speeds up to 1 Gbps, we will provide
eligible consumers and businesses the freedom to simultaneously use multiple
integrated devices in their homes and businesses without bandwidth
constraints."

CenturyLink begins rolling out its 1 Gbps service next week and expects to
have its new fiber network available to all 48,000 customers by early October
2013. The company will evaluate its Omaha 1 Gbps offer before determining
further deployment of this advanced technology, considering such factors as
positive community support, competitive parity in the marketplace and the
ability to earn a reasonable return on its investment.

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^TM 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.centurytel.com
Contact: Stephanie Meisse, +1-419-755-8433, stephanie.n.meisse@centurylink.com
 
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