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CenturyLink selected as network provider for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Collaboration with Comcast Business enables delivery of critical last mile connection

MONROE, La., Dec. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) has signed a five-year contract with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to provide data networking products to the Commonwealth's agencies, commissions, councils, bureaus, authorities and boards. As part of the terms of the contract, CenturyLink is collaborating with Comcast Business to provide high-performance network services and last mile connectivity to end users. This is another phase in service delivery associated with the contract award announced in September.

Under the terms of the agreement, a full suite of data networking products and services will be provided, including:

  • Microwave Data Access
  • Fixed Satellite Data Access
  • Ethernet
  • MPLS/IP VPN
  • High-Speed Cellular Access
  • Business Class Broadband
  • DS1
  • Bandwidth on Demand
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Ethernet
  • Virtual Private LANs
  • Managed Network Services
  • Private Line

"CenturyLink is an established services provider to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This collaboration with Comcast Business will be instrumental in the delivery of safe, secure, reliable network solutions to our Commonwealth agencies, boards and departments," said Ken Hess, deputy secretary, procurement, The Pennsylvania Department of General Services.

"Municipalities are engaged in a constant struggle to deliver high-performance networking services to their staff and residents while being cognizant of costs. An increasing number of agencies are finding that partnering with a service provider who has existing technology infrastructure lets them to do this quickly and cost-effectively," said Steve Hackley, senior vice president, Comcast Business Services, northeast division. "Our collaboration with CenturyLink allows us to offer additional fiber, coax and wireless solutions so the commonwealth's agencies, commissions, councils, bureaus, authorities and boards have the critical last mile of connectivity."

"This is a natural extension of the plan we laid out with the Commonwealth to provide the latest data networking products and services to these critical agencies. Our collaboration with Comcast Business enables these organizations to increase bandwidth while taking advantage of innovative new solutions," said Mike Zody, CenturyLink, vice president and general manager, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Facts:

  • CenturyLink completed its acquisition of Level 3 Communications on Nov. 1, 2017
  • CenturyLink has been serving the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for more than 20 years
  • CenturyLink operates more than 7,700 fiber route miles in Pennsylvania, with more than 2,200 on-net buildings
  • The contract award allows these entities to buy these data networking services from CenturyLink
  • The award term is five years
  • In 2015, Level 3, now CenturyLink, was awarded a contract with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to expand its current Master IT Services Invitation to Qualify program contract to include security, network and telecommunications services
  • In August 2017, Level 3, now CenturyLink, was awarded a contract with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to provide Enterprise Network Services with a term of five years and a contract value of $79 million
  • CenturyLink's global network includes approximately 450,000 fiber route miles connecting more than 100,000 on-net buildings
  • Comcast Business has more than 8,000 employees dedicated to business services and supports more than 2.1 million business customers nationwide
  • Comcast Business provides more than 600 datacenter connections, four Network Operations Centers available 24/7/365, and over 150,000 fiber route miles in its national network

About CenturyLink
CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is the second largest U.S. communications provider to global enterprise customers. With customers in more than 60 countries and an intense focus on the customer experience, CenturyLink strives to be the world's best networking company by solving customers' increased demand for reliable and secure connections. The company also serves as its customers' trusted partner, helping them manage increased network and IT complexity and providing managed network and cyber security solutions that help protect their business.

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Nikki.Wheeler@CenturyLink.com

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