What People are Saying

What People are Saying

“There’s a lot of pride in having two Broomfield companies (WhiteWave and Level 3) involved in such huge deals. This has always been in our plan to attract major corporations. That plan is coming to fruition. We’re excited about what it could mean moving forward.” 

Broomfield, Colorado Mayor Randy Ahrens

“This transaction provides a tremendous opportunity for enhanced broadband speeds and infrastructure across North Carolina. Broadband provides a critical foundation for education, economic development and efficiency throughout our state, with the rapidly growing demand for services from businesses, citizens, schools and government in North Carolina.” 

Lew Ebert, President & CEO of the North Carolina Chamber

“The merger of CenturyLink and Level 3 Communications will provide a robust set of offerings and enhanced capabilities to public and private sector customers over a broad geographic reach. In particular, the merged company’s anticipated investment in increased broadband availability and capacity will benefit customers of all types and sizes.” 

Brooks Raiford, President & CEO North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA)

“The merger of CenturyLink and Level 3 will create a formidable competitor to the large national communications companies who serve the large business customer segment in New Mexico and throughout the country.  Small businesses and consumers will also benefit through improved investment in broadband technology from the combined company.” 

Paul Gessing, President of the Rio Grande Foundation

“I’m always pleased to see private sector partners grow investment in broadband technology. Improving our technology infrastructure is critical to creating more jobs and opportunity for New Mexicans.” 

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez

“We believe [the transaction] will benefit all of Arizona…” 

John Lewis, President & CEO, East Valley Partnership

“We know that the digital economy requires a robust fiber network, and with this merger, CenturyLink – already a powerhouse in Louisiana – secures a market position as one of the most dominant high-speed data services companies in the world. Louisiana takes a big step forward and is well positioned to secure digital workforce growth and development in the future, thanks in large part to CenturyLink’s commitment to our state. I’m thrilled at this news, and I look forward to working with CenturyLink as they grow in Louisiana.” 

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards

“The new combined company will be a much stronger competitor as a global enterprise service provider.” 

IDC: CenturyLink announces intent to acquire Level 3, Amy Lind and Courtney Munroe, October 31, 2016

“CenturyLink will be able to provide an expanded footprint to its Carrier Ethernet customers using Level 3’s fiber-connected buildings. The combined company—with deep on-net metro and long haul footprint, end-to-end service level agreements (SLAs), and MEF 2.0 certified services—will be the leading provider of Ethernet services in both the wholesale and business segments.” 

Frost and Sullivan: CenturyLink to Acquire Level 3; Roopashree Honnachari, December 2016

“CenturyLink and Level 3 can each leverage the other’s strengths. CenturyLink could tap Level 3’s international infrastructure to move MNCs onto its own networks. The two companies could use each other’s respective U.S. access footprints to reduce the number of off-net locations served; and Level 3 could hand its smaller business customers to CenturyLink, which has built up effective SMB bundles over the years. More customers on-net means greater control over the customer as well as lower operating costs for the combined company.” 

Current Analysis: CenturyLink Bids to Acquire Level 3 and Become a U.S., Regional and Global Fiber Powerhouse, Brian Washburn, November 1, 2016