|Private (Subsidiary of CenturyLink)|
|Products||Local Telephone Service|
|Parent||United/Sprint Nextel (1929-2006)
The company was established in 1929 as The United Telephone Company, later changing its name to United Telephone Company of Missouri upon expansion of the United Telephone System. It was owned by United Telecommunications.
United Utilities later became United Telecommunications in 1972, and acquired Sprint Long Distance from GTE in the 1980s. The company later became Sprint Corporation and United Telephone of Missouri then became Sprint Missouri, Inc., operating as part of the Sprint Local Telecommunications Division.
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 Missouri then became Embarq Missouri, Inc.
Embarq was acquired by CenturyTel in 2009, which in 2010 changed its name to CenturyLink. Embarq Missouri, at that point, began carrying on business under the CenturyLink name.