El Paso County Telephone
|Private (Subsidiary of Qwest)|
|Headquarters||Colorado Springs, CO, United States|
|Parent||U S WEST/Qwest (1985-present)|
It was founded in 1915 as El Paso County Mutual Telephone Company. In 1975, the company changed its name to The El Paso County Telephone Company. In 1985, the company was acquired by U S WEST and eventually became a subsidiary of USW's Bell Operating Company, U S WEST Communications. In 2000, Qwest acquired U S WEST and changed the name of USWC to Qwest Corporation; however, El Paso County Telephone remained unchanged.
In 2011, CenturyLink acquired Qwest; however, Elpasotel remains a subsidiary owned by Qwest Corporation with independent management. The company serves an 1,100 square mile area in eastern El Paso County, Colorado, as well as portions of Elbert, Lincoln, and Pueblo counties in Colorado
On June 10, 2013, El Paso County Telephone began doing business as CenturyLink.