September 16, 2021

Tech company promised not to pilfer competitor’s customers. It did just that. Twice

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When CenturyLink bought a competitor’s business-broadband and internet-backbone service in 2017, it agreed to sell some of the competitor’s Boise-area backbone to a third company to resolve antitrust concerns. And it promised not to poach customers from that company.

But the Louisiana company did just that. Last year CenturyLink paid $250,000 to the U.S. Department of Justice to settle a complaint about poaching from Syringa Networks, the Boise company that bought the infrastructure. It then agreed for two years (doubling the original agreement) not to solicit customers of Syringa.

Last week, the Justice Department accused CenturyLink of…

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