CenturyLink selling copper network in 20 states instead of installing fiber

A CenturyLink service van seen from behind, with several CenturyLink logos visible.

Enlarge / A CenturyLink service van parked in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on May 2, 2019. (credit: Getty Images | Robert Alexander )

CenturyLink is selling large portions of its copper network in 20 states to a private-equity firm, letting the telco pull out of rural areas where it doesn’t plan to install fiber-to-the-home technology. CenturyLink agreed to sell the networks for $7.5 billion to Apollo Funds, a private-equity fund operated by Apollo Global Management. Apollo will also take $1.4 billion of debt off CenturyLink’s hands.

Under the deal expected to close in the second half of 2022, Apollo will acquire the CenturyLink ILEC (Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier) business in the 20 states, including “consumer, small business, wholesale, and mostly copper-served enterprise customers and assets,” a press release said yesterday. The networks in the pending sale reach seven million residences and businesses but only have 200,000 fiber-to-the-premises deployments.

CenturyLink said it will keep its ILEC networks in 16 states where it has 2.4 million fiber-to-the-premises deployments among 21 million homes and businesses, saying these networks have “significant overlap” with its “enterprise and fiber-to-the-home build opportunities.”

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Verizon Sells AOL and Yahoo to Apollo for $5 Billion

Verizon offloaded its media business to Apollo Global Management in a deal valued at $5 billion as the mobile phone giant focuses on building out its 5G network.

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Verizon agrees to sell Yahoo and AOL to private-equity firm for $5 billion

A Yahoo sign in front of the Verizon division's headquarters.

Enlarge / Yahoo headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg)

Verizon announced on Monday that it is selling Yahoo and AOL for $5 billion to private-equity firm Apollo Global Management. Verizon made the deal official just a few days after news reports said that Verizon had put Yahoo and AOL up for sale. The media division will be known just as “Yahoo” after the sale is completed later this year.

Verizon purchased AOL in 2015 for $4.4 billion and Yahoo in 2017 for $4.5 billion, even though the once-dominant Internet brands had fallen from prominence years before. Verizon’s attempt to compete against Google and Facebook in the online advertising market didn’t work out, leading to a series of layoffs and a goodwill impairment charge of about $4.6 billion.

Verizon tried to put a positive spin on the sale in today’s press release, saying that the Yahoo/AOL division known as Verizon Media is “one of the world’s premier global technology and media companies.” Besides Yahoo and AOL, Verizon Media includes “leading ad tech and media platform businesses,” Verizon said.

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What Jeffrey Epstein Did to Earn $158 Million From Leon Black

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