In 1930, Hogan sold the company, with 75 paid subscribers, to William Clarke and Marie Williams, for $500.
The company was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in Monroe, LA.“
In 1946, the Williams’ son, Clarke McRae Williams, received ownership of the family’s telephone company as a wedding gift.
In 1947, Clarke Williams learned the telephone company in Marion, Louisiana was for sale.
By 1967, Oak Ridge Telephone Company served three states with 10,000 access lines.
The company remained as a family-operated business until it became incorporated in 1968.
By 1968, Oak Ridge Telephone Company served three states with 10,000 access lines.
In 1971, the company was renamed as Century Telephone Enterprises, Inc.
In 1972, Century Telephone acquired the La Crosse Telephone Corporation, of Wisconsin.
On October 24, 1978, Century Telephone moved to the New York Stock Exchange for the first time and began to trade under the ticker symbol CTL.
In 1981, Century Telephone acquired War Telephone in West Virginia.
In 1992, Century Telephone acquired Central Telephone Company of Ohio, a Centel subsidiary, for $135 million.
Also in 1993 the company split its stock three-for-two yet again.
By 1995, Century Telephone Enterprises had been added to the S&P MidCap 400 index.
In 1997, Century Telephone acquired Delta Security Alarm Co., Inc. of Monroe, Louisiana, and its largest acquisition up until that time, Pacific Telecom, doubling its size with 660,000 additional telephone access lines in 12 states.
In 1998, Century Telephone split its stock three-for-two once again.
In 1999, the company was renamed as CenturyTel, Inc.
In 2000, CenturyTel acquired 230,500 GTE lines in Arkansas, and also bought 127,000 GTE lines in Missouri in partnership with Spectra Communications.
In 2001, CenturyTel acquired CSW Net, Inc. of Russellville, Arkansas, and fended off a hostile take-over attempt by ALLTEL, Inc.
In 2002, the son of the company’s original founder and Chairman of the Board Clarke M. Williams died.
In 2002, longtime chairman Clarke M. Williams died.
In 2003, CenturyTel acquired half ownership of SkyComm International, Inc. in Houston, Texas, in March, to form a satellite teleport for its global Network Access Point (NAP) system.
In August 2004, it partnered with EchoStar Communications Corporation for DISH Network multi-channel digital TV. In September, CenturyTel began a relationship with Cingular Wireless.
In 2006, CenturyTel sold its Arizona assets to Hopi Telecommunications, Inc., bringing total operations to 23 states.
In late 2007, the Customer Respect Group, an international research and consulting firm that focuses on how corporations treat their online customers, ranked CenturyTel the best among six leading communications providers.
On October 27, 2008, Embarq announced that it would be acquired by CenturyTel, Inc. in an all-stock transaction valued at $11.6 billion, including the assumption of $5.8 billion in Embarq’s debt.
On June 2, 2009, a press release announced that the combined CenturyTel/Embarq entity would be called CenturyLink.
On April 22, 2010, CenturyLink (at this point still legally known as CenturyTel, Inc.) announced it would acquire Qwest in a stock-for-stock transaction.
On December 4, 2012, CenturyLink launched an integrated suite of cloud services called savvisdirect.
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