UNITED STATES
                       SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
                             Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K
                                 CURRENT REPORT

    Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities  Exchange Act of 1934
       Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) December 1, 1998

                      CENTURY TELEPHONE ENTERPRISES, INC.
             (Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

    Louisiana                       1-7784                      72-0651161
 (State or other                (Commission file               (IRS Employer
 jurisdiction of                    number)                 Identification No.)
 incorporation)

 100 Century Park Drive, Monroe, Louisiana                         71203
 (Address of principal executive offices)                        (Zip Code)

    Registrant's telephone number, including area code - (318)388-9000



Item 5.  Other Events

     On December  1, 1998,  CenturyTel  (Century  Telephone  Enterprises,  Inc.)
acquired  Ameritech's  telephone operations and directory publishing business in
19 telephone  exchanges in northern and central Wisconsin for approximately $221
million cash. The press release  announcing the  transaction is filed as Exhibit
99.1 hereto.

                                   SIGNATURE
                                   ---------
    Pursuant to the  requirements  of the  Securities  Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant  has duly  caused  this  report  to be  signed  on its  behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


                                  CENTURY TELEPHONE ENTERPRISES, INC.

                                  By: /s/ R. Stewart Ewing
                                  ----------------------------
                                          R. Stewart Ewing
                                          Senior Vice President and
                                          Chief Financial Officer


                                                                   EXHIBIT 99.1



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                 FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
December 1, 1998                      Media - CenturyTel, Patricia Cameron
                                      (318) 388-9674
                                      patricia.cameron@centurytel.com
                                      Investors - CenturyTel, Jeffrey S. Glover
                                      (318) 388-9648
                                      jeff.glover@centurytel.com
                                      Ameritech - Ralph Deptolla
                                      (800) 242-1553
                                      ralph.deptolla@ameritech.com

CenturyTel Completes Purchase of 19 Wisconsin Telephone Exchanges from Ameritech

Monroe,  LA. . .CenturyTel  (Century Telephone  Enterprises,  Inc., NYSE Symbol:
CTL) has completed its cash purchase of  Ameritech's  telephone  operations  and
directory  publishing business in 19 telephone exchanges covering 21 communities
in northern and central Wisconsin. The transaction originally was announced last
March.

The  operations  acquired by  CenturyTel  include  the  telephone  property  and
equipment  that serves nearly 69,000  customers,  or more than 89,000  telephone
lines,   as  well  as  directory   publishing   operations  for  nine  telephone
directories.  CenturyTel's  existing operations in Wisconsin are adjacent to the
properties acquired from Ameritech.

"We are excited about this  opportunity  to serve  customers in areas located so
close to our existing  CenturyTel  exchanges," said Glen F. Post, III, president
and chief  executive  officer of  CenturyTel.  "We look  forward to bringing our
tradition  of  providing   excellent   service  as  well  as  new  products  and
technologies to our new customers in Wisconsin."

The 21  communities  that will now  receive  CenturyTel  service  are:  Ashland,
Bayfield,  Cornell,  Hurley,  Ladysmith,  Saxon,  Stanley,  Superior,  Washburn,
McAllister,  Marinette,  Oconto, Oconto Falls, Peshtigo,  Baraboo, Berlin, Green
Lake, Mazomanie, North Freedom, Princeton and Redgranite.

Customers will see no changes in their area codes,  telephone numbers,  or local
calling areas.  Emergency 9-1-1 service continues to be available 24 hours a day
and each customer's long-distance company remains the same.

The most notable  change for customers is that their monthly bill will come from
CenturyTel,  not Ameritech.  Customers will receive a final  pro-rated bill from
Ameritech, followed by a new bill from CenturyTel.

"Our objective was to make this  transition as smooth as possible for customers,
and we think we  succeeded,"  said  Ellen M.  Gardner,  president  of  Ameritech
Wisconsin.  "Customers can expect to receive the same  outstanding  service from
CenturyTel that they received from Ameritech. At the same time, this sale allows
Ameritech to more  effectively  focus its resources on our remaining  customers,
creating additional value for our shareowners."

CenturyTel has provided quality telephone  service in Wisconsin  communities for
more than 25 years and has recently  expanded its presence in Wisconsin  and the
rest of the country.  Last year,  CenturyTel  acquired Pacific Telecom (PTI) and
Pecoco,  Inc.,  providers of local exchange services in Wisconsin.  CenturyTel's
Wisconsin  operations  now serve more than 338,000  phone lines in 124 exchanges
with more than 800 employees. Additionally, CenturyTel provides wireless service
to markets in Wisconsin with a population of approximately 1.7 million.

CenturyTel   (Century   Telephone   Enterprises,   Inc.)   provides   integrated
communications  services  including  local  exchange,  wireless,  long distance,
Internet access and security  services to more than two million  customers in 21
states. The company, headquartered in Monroe, La., is publicly traded on the New
Stock  Exchange  under the symbol CTL.  CenturyTel  is the ninth  largest  local
exchange telephone company, based on access lines, and the 10th largest cellular
company,  based on population  equivalents  owned,  in the United States.  Visit
CenturyTel's corporate website at (www.centurytel.com).

Ameritech  (NYSE:  AIT)  serves  millions  of  customers  in 50  states  and  40
countries. Ameritech provides a full range of communications services, including
local  and  long-distance  telephone,  cellular,  paging,  security,  cable  TV,
Internet  and  more.  One  of  the  world's  100  largest  companies,  Ameritech
(www.ameritech.com)  has 72,000 employees,  1 million  shareowners and more than
$29 billion in assets.