CenturyLink has lined up another buyer for the assets it agreed to divest as part of the Level 3 merger. FirstDigital Telecom will be buying the metro network and related assets previously owned by Level 3 Communications in Tucson, Arizona.
FirstDigital is not a company I have run into before, I'll have to keep an eye out. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, they offer a combination of voice/pbx, colo/hosting, managed services, and infrastructure management. The customers will remain with CenturyLink, but with the option to switch over to FirstDigital without penalty or delay, and CenturyLink will of course be leasing connectivity on the assets from FirstDigital initially in order to maintain the status quo.
CenturyLink agreed to divest Level 3's metro networks in Tucson, Boise, and Albuquerque as well as a set of longhaul IRUs to gain regulatory approval for the merger, and this is part of the process. Syringa is buying the Boise assets, and UPN took out the Albuquerque ones. The DOJ has now approved all three divestments.