MONROE, La. – CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) was recently recognized by the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council during its 2015 FTTH Connect Conference, which celebrated the growth of fiber and those who have championed the advancement of the fiber-to-the-home industry this year.

CenturyLink was given the 2015 Chairman’s Award for its nationwide fiber deployment enabling high-speed broadband service up to 1 gigabits per second (Gbps) across the country, including underserved areas. CenturyLink announced its first gigabit service pilot in 2013 and now offers fiber-enabled 1 Gbps broadband speeds to residential and business customers in parts of 17 states.

“CenturyLink does not boast about their success unless the deployment is real, and in our opinion, they've certainly got a lot to be proud of,” said FTTH Council President and CEO Heather Burnett Gold. “Since CenturyLink announced its first gigabit pilot in mid-2013, it has carefully rolled out service in several communities in 17 states across the U.S. It is clear the company is on fire for fiber!”

The Chairman’s Award, given at the discretion of the Chairman of the FTTH Council Board of Directors, singles out an individual or company that has shown tremendous effort to promote, educate or accelerate the deployment of fiber-to-the-home.

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About CenturyLink

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink for more information.