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Press Release -- January 18th, 2017
Source: CenturyLink

CenturyLink awarded NASPO ValuePoint Cloud Solutions Master Agreement

CenturyLink's cloud solutions now available to government agencies in all states

MONROE, La., Jan. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL, news, filings) today announced it has been awarded a ten-year NASPO ValuePoint Cloud Solutions Master Agreement, allowing CenturyLink to sell the company's cloud solutions to state and local governments. This Master Agreement allows participating state and government agencies to leverage CenturyLink's cloud solutionsand managed services. Master Agreements are awarded to cloud solution providers whose offerings meet stringent security and data protection requirements.

"With many government agencies hosting highly sensitive information in the cloud today, maintaining a secure and reliable environment is more critical than ever," said Marty Leavengood, vice president, GES sales, CenturyLink. "By securing this NASPO ValuePoint Cloud Solutions Master Agreement, CenturyLink can offer a wide variety of cloud services to the public sector – including Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). CenturyLink is proud to offer an innovative, secure and reliable cloud infrastructure that serves the vast needs of government agencies."

This multi-state cooperative procurement, led by the State of Utah, gives participating state agencies and their authorized political subdivisions, including school districts, counties and cities, access to high-quality, cloud-based solutions.

By leveraging CenturyLink's cloud solutions, state and local agencies can effectively address current and future IT needs while reducing costs and improving overall efficiency of IT departments. These agencies can also utilize CenturyLink's managed services portfolio to connect to the power of the digital world, deliver secure government services to citizens, and lower operational and maintenance risks. CenturyLink manages critical infrastructure for thousands of businesses and government agencies worldwide. In early 2016, CenturyLink launched a FedRAMP-certified government cloud offering that is available through this NASPO ValuePoint Master Agreement.

CenturyLink's NASPO ValuePoint Cloud Solutions Master Agreement is valid through September 2026. General information and additional contract details are available on NASPO ValuePoint's website.

About NASPO ValuePoint
The NASPO ValuePoint Cooperative Purchasing Organization (formerly WSCA-NASPO) provides the highest standard of excellence in public cooperative contracting. By leveraging the leadership and expertise of all states with the purchasing power of their public entities, NASPO ValuePoint delivers the best value, most reliable, competitively-sourced contracts. Since 1993 NASPO ValuePoint or its predecessor has been the cooperative purchasing arm of NASPO (the National Association of State Procurement Officials) encouraging, fostering, and guiding the nation's most significant public contract cooperative. NASPO ValuePoint is a unified, nationally-focused cooperative aggregating the demand of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the organized United Statesterritories, their political subdivisions, and other eligible entities, spurring the best value, innovation, and competition in the marketplace.

About CenturyLink
CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink for more information.

SOURCE CenturyLink, Inc.

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