CenturyLink wins Defense Information Systems Agency contract

         CenturyLink wins Defense Information Systems Agency contract

Company to provide high altitude electromagnetic pulse-protected fiber optic
network

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2014

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL)
recently won a contract from the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency
(DISA) that could be worth a total of $1.7 million over the next five years.

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The company will provide a fiber optic system that is buried in steel pipe
encased in concrete conduit to protect it from the effects of high altitude
electromagnetic pulses (HEMP), ensuring continuity of service and
survivability. The system operates continuously among Schriever Air Force
Base, Peterson Air Force Base and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, thus
delivering uninterrupted fiber connectivity among the three air bases in the
Colorado Springs, Colo., area.

This contract, which includes telecommunications services, network systems,
equipment and maintenance, follows a previous procurement for these services
that was also awarded to CenturyLink.

CenturyLink's HEMP-protected fiber optic system supports the Colorado Springs
Survivable Communications Network, a private synchronous optical network that
is capable of sustained operations in the presence of nuclear threats so that
critical voice, message, video and data communications can continue to reach
command authorities quickly and reliably.

"CenturyLink is proud to provide its patented high altitude electromagnetic
pulse-protected communications system to the Department of Defense and to
again be awarded this contract to ensure network continuity and
survivability," said Diana Gowen, CenturyLink Government senior vice president
and general manager.

CenturyLink is ranked No. 48 on Washington Technology's 2013 Top 100 list of
federal government IT contractors.

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.

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SOURCE CenturyLink, Inc.

Website: http://www.centurytel.com
Contact: Linda M. Johnson, 202-429-3130, linda.m.johnson@centurylink.com
 
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