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A familiar business name starts going away Saturday.

Qwest Communications of Denver will now be called CenturyLink, the name of the Monroe, La., company that announced its intention to buy Qwest last April.

The Qwest name will be phased out over the next several months in 14 states it served from Washington to Minnesota and from Montana to Arizona and New Mexico.

CenturyLink completed the deal Friday, creating the third-largest telecommunications company in the United States. The purchase was a stock exchange that was structured to be tax free.

The combined company will have $18.6 billion in revenues and will operate in 37 states. Denver, once headquarters for Qwest, will become one of CenturyLink's six regional offices.

A decade ago, Qwest bought the former the regional telecommunications company US West Inc.

Contact Jan Falstad at jfalstad@billingsgazette.com or 406-657-1306.

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