By Wayne Porter -
Faster Speeds for Faster Business
CenturyLink Inc, just announced that high-speed Internet with download speeds up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) is now available to almost 50,000 business customers in the state of Arizona in more than 2500 office buildings. More than 800 of those office buildings are in the city of Phoenix.
Fast Uploading As Well As Downloading
The speeds are symmetrical, which means that it is 1 Gbps downloading data, music video or other files but also 1 Gbps uploading pictures, video, etc. In the early days of the internet, almost all data was downloaded and not much was uploaded to the internet. With the increasing popularity of content sharing sites like YouTube, Facebook, and Pinterest, larger files are being uploaded every day.
“Arizona continues to be a desirable place to live and conduct business,” said Chris Denzin, CenturyLink’s Vice President of Arizona operations. “By offering fiber-ready services to multi-tenant unit office buildings across the state, businesses of all sizes can quickly and easily gain access to our powerful network to meet their increasing technology demands, as well as utilize CenturyLink for affordable and scalable business solutions.”
Higher speeds are becoming a necessity in today's marketplace. According to Accenture’s January 2016 Digital Economic Value Index, 25% of the world’s economy will be digital in three to four years.
“CenturyLink’s continued investment in its world-class network infrastructure is helping Arizona maintain its standing as one of the best states for business,” said Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry President and CEO, Glenn Hamer. “With easy access to high-speed connectivity, the state can entice more corporate headquarters, while also offering small and midsized businesses the tools needed to successfully navigate a complex and rapidly changing technology environment.”
More Businesses Get Faster Speeds
The Monroe, Louisiana based CenturyLink has previously rolled out its 1 Gig speed to Washington State, Iowa, Colorado, Missouri, Nevada, Utah, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Oregon as well as other businesses in Arizona. Cox Communications has offered 1 Gbps Internet in Arizona since 2014.
Going All the Way Back to the Beginning
CenturyLink, which serves residential, business and government customers in 37 states, can trace it’s history all the way back to Alexander Graham Bell. CenturyLink merged with Qwest in 2011 which had itself merged with US West in 2000. US West was one of the seven “Baby Bells” created when AT&T was broken up by the Department of Justice in 1984.
CenturyLink was founded as Oak Ridge Telephone Company in Oak Ridge, Louisiana. For a while, it was operated out of the home of owners William and Marie Williams. They had bought the company for $500.00 from F. E. Hogan, Sr. in 1930.
Seventy Years of Acquisitions
William and Marie Williams gave The Oak Ridge Telephone Company as a wedding gift to their son in 1946, Clarke. He started on a path of acquisitions, first purchasing Marion Telephone Company in 1947.
Over the years the company has gone on to purchase La Crosse Telephone Corporation, War Telephone in West Virginia, Universal Telephone, Central Telephone Company of Ohio, Pacific Telecom, Embarq and others. They have also purchased customers from other telephone companies like Verizon, Ameritech, and GTE. They are the third largest telecom in the US.