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Press Release -- April 2nd, 2012
Source: CenturyLink

CenturyLink Pioneers to host “beeping” Easter egg hunt for visually-impaired children in Boise

BOISE, IdahoCenturyLink, Inc.’s (NYSE:CTL, news, filings) Idaho Pioneers Chapter is hosting the  annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt for visually-impaired youth in the Treasure Valley. The event will be at 1 p.m. April 6 at Garfield Elementary School in Boise.

The hunt features unique eggs that are engineered with electronic circuit boards, batteries and telephone speakers to emit distinctive beeping sounds. The eggs, provided by the Pioneers, were developed specifically for use by visually-impaired children.

This “beeping” technology was originally developed in 1964 by Charlie Fairbanks, a telephone engineer who created the concept for beeping baseballs. The technology was later modified to produce beeping Easter eggs. The CenturyLink Pioneers will sponsor similar events throughout the country this spring.

“CenturyLink is proud of our strong partnership with the Pioneers organization,” said Jim Schmit, CenturyLink vice president and general manager for Idaho and chairman of the International Pioneers’ board of directors. “Being a part of the community and supporting a simple, yet inspirational, event that enriches the lives of local children is extremely rewarding.”

Founded in 1911 as the Telephone Pioneers of America, the Pioneers has grown to be the largest industry-related volunteer organization in the world. A non-profit network of more than 620,000 volunteers, Pioneers is committed to effect immediate, tangible change in local communities.

About CenturyLink

CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States. The company provides broadband, voice, wireless and managed services to consumers and businesses across the country. It also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLinkTM PrismTM TV and DIRECTV brands. In addition, the company provides data, voice and managed services to enterprise, government and wholesale customers in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers. CenturyLink is recognized as a leader in the network services market by key technology industry analyst firms, and is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises through Savvis, a CenturyLink company. CenturyLink’s customers range from Fortune 500 companies in some of the country’s largest cities to families living in rural America. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations. For more information, visit

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