Qwest's merger to bring changes
April 1, 2011
CenturyLink's merger with Denver-based
Qwest Communications, scheduled to be completed today, will
bring a host of changes to customers in
Prices and service plans will remain the same for current customers. But starting late this summer, Qwest, the largest provider of phone services in the state, will remove its name from advertisements and phone bills.
will be replaced by its new owner's name: CenturyLink, a
La.-based telecommunications company that until now has had no
Terry Beeler, former Western region president for CenturyLink, will be president of the company's Southwest headquarters.
CenturyLink has more than 3,100 employees in Arizona, a decrease from the 3,390 Qwest reported in 2010.
The company has more than 1.4 million
access lines in
Glen F. Post III, CEO of CenturyLink, said the combined company would be able to offer a wider variety of services than the two companies could offer on their own.
The Arizona Corporation Commission signed off on the deal in March with the condition that CenturyLink invest $70 million in broadband infrastructure in the state over the next five years. Approval from the Federal Communications Commission came shortly thereafter on the contingency that CenturyLink provide affordable products and services to low-income residents.
CenturyLink also agreed to provide fast broadband, with speeds of 12 megabits per second or more, and ultrafast broadband, with speeds of 40 megabits per second, to more households and businesses in Qwest's territory.