Minnesota and Virginia Approve CenturyLink – Level 3 Merger

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Minnesota and Virginia joined Delaware, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Ohio, Utah and West Virginia in approving the merger between CenturyLink and Level 3. The merger also recently received regulatory clearance from Puerto Rico and Montana, joining Connecticut, Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada and Texas.

“More than 15 states and territories have approved or cleared the CenturyLink – Level 3 merger, showing that regulators understand this transaction will create a robust, resilient and secure network and improve the combined company’s ability to meet the ever-increasing demands of customers,” said CenturyLink Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Government Relations John Jones. “The strength of our combined network will help customers access higher bandwidth services in more locations and connect more businesses to customers around the globe.”  

The merger, announced October 31, 2016, should allow the combined company to offer enterprise and wholesale customers a broader and more complementary range of services and solutions, and position the combined company to enable the advanced technology and growing bandwidth needs of its customers, including small businesses, large businesses, large multinational enterprises and government entities.

In December 2016, CenturyLink began filing applications with the appropriate federal and state regulatory agencies. The transaction is subject to the company receiving various regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The two companies expect to receive the remaining state, federal and international approvals in time to complete the merger by September 30, 2017.

May 31, 2017      

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