Contributor(s): Brita Van Fossen

CenturyLink is a worldwide telephone service provider and the third largest telecommunications provider in the United States, behind AT&T and Verizon.

Formerly called Central Telephone & Electronics Corporation, the company adopted many names before becoming officially known as CenturyLink, Inc. in May of 2010. The Monroe, Louisiana-based company obtained Embarq Corporation in 2009 and Qwest Communications in April of 2011 which boosted the company to its number three national ranking.

A triple-play network, CenturyLink offers local and long distance telephone service, fiber optic internet and direct broadcast satellite television with DIRECTV to residential, SMB and large businesses. Additionally, the company offers home security services and recently became involved in the cloud computing market with the purchase of Savvis, Inc. 

See also: satellite, cable modem, quadruple-play network, cable TV, video on demand

This was last updated in September 2011

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