GRAND JUNCTION, Colo., June 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced the availability of up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) fiber-based broadband speeds at select business locations in Grand Junction, Colorado.

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"CenturyLink invested in fiber network upgrades in Grand Junction that enable us to extend up to gigabit-speed-capable fiber connections to businesses located near our network backbone," said Penny Larson, vice president of Colorado operations for CenturyLink. "We are excited to deliver business customers at qualified locations high-bandwidth data services, at low installation costs, that help them operate more efficiently, be more competitive and grow their business."

Quotes from area business leaders:

  • Kristi Pollard, executive director, Grand Junction Economic Development Partnership: "The availability, quality and competitiveness of broadband services are critical for attracting new businesses to Grand Junction and Mesa County.  Businesses need more bandwidth and faster connections to harness cloud applications that are becoming workplace necessities, and access to fast internet speeds will help Grand Junction and Mesa County provide new job opportunities and attract new capital investment. We commend CenturyLink on this significant investment in the community."
  • Christian Reece, executive director, CLUB 20: "Access to high-speed broadband is a critical component to maintaining current businesses and attracting new companies to Grand Junction and Mesa County. CLUB 20 applauds CenturyLink's continued investment in our communities, including their recent efforts to provide gigabit broadband speeds for select business customers in Grand Junction. This is a huge step toward the development of broadband coverage throughout western Colorado and will result in significant positive economic impacts throughout our region."
  • Matthew Breman, board chairman, Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce: "CenturyLink's continued investment to increase access to high-speed broadband infrastructure over fiber, along with other new technologies, is good for business and our community. The more we can connect business with technology, the more competitive we can be."

CenturyLink uses Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) technology to provide broadband speeds of up to 1 Gbps to qualified businesses locations. Businesses use fiber internet to connect with their customers and collaborate among staff more efficiently. A high-speed fiber-based broadband connection can improve the performance of business software applications and IT operations, especially cloud-based functions like data storage and backup.

To add value for customers, a core set of cloud-based email, collaboration and productivity business software applications are included with business fiber service bundles at no additional charge. Customers also can access an expanded catalog to purchase additional cloud-based business applications.

Business voice service is also available with fiber connectivity. Businesses often can save money when they adopt a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) solution from CenturyLink and consolidate voice and data over a single, efficient, fiber-based network.

CenturyLink fiber networking solutions are backed by service level agreements, and customers can access full technical support around the clock, seven days a week. Grand Junction businesses can visit or call 970-244-0065 to learn more about CenturyLink's fiber-based services, including speeds up to 1 Gbps, and to determine if service is available at their location.

CenturyLink offers up to 100 Gbps data networking capabilities over its global, Tier 1 fiber network. CenturyLink also offers public and private connectivity solutions, including broadband internet, Ethernet, optical wave, MPLS and other IP-based WAN services, on a custom basis to meet customer needs.

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.

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