CenturyLink Company History Timeline

1930

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.“

1946

In 1946, the Williams’ son, Clarke McRae Williams, received ownership of the family’s telephone company as a wedding gift.

1947

In 1947, Clarke Williams learned the telephone company in Marion, Louisiana was for sale.

1967

By 1967, Oak Ridge Telephone Company served three states with 10,000 access lines.

1968

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.

1971

In 1971, the company was renamed as Century Telephone Enterprises, Inc.

1972

In 1972, Century Telephone acquired the La Crosse Telephone Corporation, of Wisconsin.

1978

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.

1981

In 1981, Century Telephone acquired War Telephone in West Virginia.

1992

In 1992, Century Telephone acquired Central Telephone Company of Ohio, a Centel subsidiary, for $135 million.

1993

Also in 1993 the company split its stock three-for-two yet again.

1995

By 1995, Century Telephone Enterprises had been added to the S&P MidCap 400 index.

1997

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.

1998

In 1998, Century Telephone split its stock three-for-two once again.

1999

In 1999, the company was renamed as CenturyTel, Inc.

2000

In 2000, CenturyTel acquired 230,500 GTE lines in Arkansas, and also bought 127,000 GTE lines in Missouri in partnership with Spectra Communications.

2001

In 2001, CenturyTel acquired CSW Net, Inc. of Russellville, Arkansas, and fended off a hostile take-over attempt by ALLTEL, Inc.

2002

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.

2003

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.

2004

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.

2006

In 2006, CenturyTel sold its Arizona assets to Hopi Telecommunications, Inc., bringing total operations to 23 states.

2007

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.

2008

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.

2009

On June 2, 2009, a press release announced that the combined CenturyTel/Embarq entity would be called CenturyLink.

2010

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.

2012

On December 4, 2012, CenturyLink launched an integrated suite of cloud services called savvisdirect.

Founded
1930
Company Founded
Headquarters
Monroe, LA
Company Headquarter
Founders
Clarke Williams,F. E. Hogan
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