Easily and electronically take care of your monthly telephone bill with Billmate®

Billmate is a presentation of the data typically found on the monthly telephone bill. As an alternative to the paper bill, it is currently available in either of two formats: EDI or ASCII, and can be delivered via several different file transport protocols.


  • Eliminates costly data entry from the paper bill to other tracking processes
  • Allows stacking of multiple accounts within the same billing period
  • The billing data provided can be imported into spreadsheets, relational databases or applications programs
  • Review your billing data monthly communications activity
  • Verify order activity
  • Re-bill other departments
  • Track separate services
  • Study usage or forecast and budget for growth

The CenturyLink paper bill remains your Bill of Record.

Billmate Format

ASCII Billing or CSR Data

Local services billing and or CSR data is available in a comma-delimited ASCII format. Depending on the sections of the paper bill or the types of charges, the data is separated into various files; such as: payment, toll, monthly service, etc.

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is the computer-to-computer exchange of business documents in a standard electronic format between business partners. In accordance with national guidelines, CenturyLink utilizes the ASC X12 811 transaction set to present billing data in a consolidate service invoice/statement.

File Transport Protocols

CenturyLink supports various industry standard file protocols including, but not limited to: SFTP, FTP SSL/TLS, Connect:Direct (NDM), HTTPS, WebDAV SSL/TLS, and AS2.

Block select 3rd party charges

Electronic bills may contain charges for third-parties. These charges may be for telecommunications services or for non-telecommunication services, such as dial-up internet access. You can request, at no charge, that we prevent non-telecommunication charges from appearing on your bill. Learn more.

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