CenturyLink Groundbreaking

CenturyLink Breaks Ground on Technology Center of Excellence

Company partnering with community to help grow and enhance region

March 4, 2013

MONROE, La. – CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today hosted a groundbreaking for its Technology Center of Excellence at CenturyLink’s headquarters campus on Hwy. 165 North in Monroe. Officials participating in the groundbreaking included CEO and President Glen F. Post, III, Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal, Mayor of Monroe Jamie Mayo and Ouachita Parish Police Jury Vice President Walt Caldwell.

The CenturyLink Technology Center of Excellence, which will encompass approximately 250,000 square feet and accommodate about 800 employees, will be located on the north side of CenturyLink’s existing headquarters building. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2014, and should be operational in early 2015. A five-story parking garage will be constructed adjacent to the new facility, and construction on a new road to the center began last week.

The center will include technology research and development labs, a network operations center, and office and meeting space. In the center, employees and vendors with network technology and IT skills will work together to create innovative products and services for CenturyLink’s customers.

“We are very pleased to celebrate this milestone which demonstrates our commitment to northeastern Louisiana,” Post said. “The CenturyLink team looks forward to continuing to work with community and business partners as we grow our presence here and work to strengthen the northeastern Louisiana region.”

Working with others, CenturyLink is involved in several key enhancement projects:

Part of CenturyLink’s focus is on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives with partners such as the Cyber Innovation Center in Shreveport, La., and local educational institutions. Because of its partnerships with both organizations, CenturyLink was able to connect IBM to the United Way of Northeast Louisiana to implement IBM’s Young Explorer program in local kindergarten classrooms. By joining forces with the North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP), the local chambers of commerce, the convention and visitors’ bureau, the state and others, CenturyLink is taking part in programs to enhance and highlight northeastern Louisiana’s assets both outside of the local area and with fellow citizens.
CenturyLink is also taking part in a pilot program with other community and business leaders to provide those who are new to the area with opportunities to become involved with a variety of local organizations.

To view renderings of the CenturyLink Technology Center of Excellence, visit http://news.centurylink.com/

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® PrismTM 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.