AMENDMENTS TO THE
CENTURY TELEPHONE ENTERPRISES, INC.
STOCK BONUS PLAN, PAYSOP AND TRUST
STATE OF LOUISIANA
PARISH OF OUACHITA
BE IT KNOWN, that on this 1st day of January, 1997, before me, a Notary Public, duly commissioned and
qualified in and for the Parish of Ouachita, State of Louisiana, therein residing and in the presence of the
PERSONALLY CAME AND APPEARED:
CENTURY TELEPHONE ENTERPRISES, INC., represented herein by its Senior Vice President and Chief
Financial Officer, R. Stewart Ewing, Jr., as Settlor and Employer, which hereby executes the following
amendments to the Century Telephone Enterprises, Inc. Stock Bonus Plan, PAYSOP and Trust, such
amendments to be effective as of January 1, 1997:
Insert the following as Section 5.5:
1. "5.5 AGE 65 DISTRIBUTIONS.
Upon the attainment of the age of 65 years, a Participant shall be entitled to elect a distribution of all or a portion
of his Account in the Plan. A Participate who elects to receive a distribution pursuant to this Section 5.5 shall
continue to be eligible to participate in the Plan on the same basis as any other Participant."
2. Add the following paragraph at the end of Section 6.3:
"The beneficiary of a Participant who is married at the time of his death shall be his surviving spouse unless his
surviving spouse consents in writing on the form provided for that purpose by the Plan Administrator to the
designation of another beneficiary. A consent by a Participant's spouse shall not be effective unless such consent
is witnessed by the Plan Administrator or a Notary Public."
3. Add the following paragraph at the end of Section 6.4:
"If a Participant who is married at the time of his death has not properly designated a beneficiary other than his
spouse in accordance with the last paragraph of Section 6.3, the Participant's beneficiary shall be his surviving
4. Renumber Sections 5.5 and 5.6 as Sections 5.6 and 5.7, respectively.
5. Revise the Table of Contents of