|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (September 2014)|
|Private (Subsidiary of CenturyLink)|
|Products||Local Telephone Service|
|Parent||United Utilities/Sprint/Sprint Nextel (1925-1996)
Central Telephone (1996-present)
The company was established in 1925, later changing its name to United Telephone Company of Florida upon expansion of the United Telephone System. It was owned by United Utilities.
United Utilities later became United Telecom, and acquired Sprint Long Distance from GTE. The company changed its name to Sprint Corporation. The company changed its name to Sprint-Florida, Inc. in 1996. Later, the Central Telephone Company of Florida was merged into Sprint-Florida, which was internally transferred to the control of Central Telephone Company, a subsidiary of Centel, which was owned by Sprint.
Sprint Corporation, in 2005, acquired Nextel and changed its name to Sprint Nextel Corporation. The company intended to spin off its wireline assets into a separate company, which in 2006 occurred as Embarq Corporation. Sprint-Florida then became Embarq Florida, Inc.
Embarq was acquired by CenturyTel in 2009, which in 2010 changed its name to CenturyLink. Embarq Florida, at that point, began carrying on business under the CenturyLink name. Its ownership still remains with Central Telephone Company.