EX-24 2 attachment1.htm EX-24 DOCUMENT
POWER OF ATTORNEY


        Know all by these presents, that the undersigned (the
"Reporting Person") hereby constitutes and appoints each
of Stacey W. Goff, James L. Butler, Gary Maxwell ("Max")
Cox, Kay Buchart, Kenneth J. Najder, Kelly C. Simoneaux
and Hope M. Spencer signing individually, as the Reporting
Person's true and lawful attorney-in-fact to:
(1) execute for and on behalf of the Reporting Person, in the
Reporting Person's capacity as an officer or director of
CenturyLink, Inc. or any successor thereof (the "Company"), Forms
3, 4, and 5 in accordance with Section 16(a) of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934 and the rules thereunder;(2) execute for
and on behalf of the Reporting Person, in the Reporting Person's
capacity as a security holder of the Company selling securities of
the Company in accordance with Rule 144 under the Securities Act
of 1933, a Form 144; (3) do and perform any and all acts for
and on behalf of the Reporting Person that may be necessary or
desirable to complete and execute any such Form 3, 4, 5 or 144
and timely file such form with the United States Securities and
Exchange Commission and any stock exchange or similar authority;
and (4) take any other action of any type whatsoever in connection
with the foregoing which, in the opinion of such attorney-in-fact,
may be of benefit to, in the best interest of, or legally required
by, the Reporting Person, it being understood that the documents
executed by such attorney-in-fact on behalf of the undersigned
pursuant to this Power of Attorney shall be in such form and
shall contain such items and conditions as such attorney-in-fact
may approve in such attorney-in-fact's discretion.  The
Reporting Person hereby ratifies and confirms any and all of the
actions described above that have been taken by any of the named
attorneys-in-fact prior to the date hereof.  The Reporting Person
hereby grants to each such attorney-in-fact full power and
authority to do and perform any and every act and thing
whatsoever requisite, necessary, or proper to be done in the
exercise of any of the rights and powers herein granted, as fully
to all intents and purposes as the Reporting Person might or
could do if personally present, with full power of substitution or
revocation, hereby ratifying and confirming all that such
attorney-in-fact, or any such attorney-in fact's substitute or
substitutes, shall lawfully do or cause to be done by the virtue
of this Power of Attorney and the rights and powers herein
granted.  The Reporting Person acknowledges that the foregoing
attorneys-in-fact, in serving in such capacity at the request
of the Reporting Person, are not assuming, nor is the Company
assuming, any of the Reporting Person's responsibilities to
comply with Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
or Rule 144 under the Securities Act of 1933. This Power
of Attorney shall be effective as of the date the Reporting
Person becomes subject to the reporting requirements of Section
16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 with respect to
holdings of and transactions in securities of the Company, and
shall remain in full force and effect until the Reporting Person
is no longer required to file Forms 3, 4, 5 or 144 with respect
to the Reporting Person's holdings of and transactions in
securities issued by the Company, unless earlier revoked by
the Reporting Person in a signed writing delivered to the
foregoing attorneys-in-fact. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Reporting
Person has caused this Power of Attorney to be executed as of this
6th day of April 2018.

/s/ Eric J. Mortensen
    ERIC J. MORTENSEN