Centurylink faces enforcement action for violating anti-competitive deal with DOJ


The Justice Department alleged that Centurylink violated the non-solicitation provision of the Final Judgment as early as May 2018. The company’s employees contacted former Level 3 customers in the Boise MSA on more than 70 occasions.

Centurylink’s settlement with the DOJ

CenturyLink did not deny the DOJ’s allegations and decided to settle its violation. The company agreed to an Amended Final Judgment.

As part of the settlement, CenturyLink has agreed to:

  • extend the non-solicitation period by two years for the Boise MSA;
  • the appointment of an independent monitoring trustee; and
  • pay the United States to defray the costs of the department’s investigation of CenturyLink’s violations of the court order.

The company also agreed to pay $250,000 to cover the legal fees and reasonable costs incurred by the Justice Department in investigating Centurylink’s violations.

In a statement, DOJ Antitrust Division Chief Makan Delrahim said,“When a defendant violates the terms of a settlement decree, it must be held accountable to its obligations to the department and the American consumer”