CenturyLink is now offering low-cost Internet access for low-income households. According to their press release…
To help get more low-income households online, CenturyLink is offering discounted High-Speed Internet service starting at $9.95 a month, plus applicable taxes and fees, to eligible consumers in the 37 states where it has local operations. The service provides access up to 1.5 Mbps downstream capability. Higher bandwidth services, where available, are offered at a comparable discount.
CenturyLink also is offering program participants an Internet-ready netbook computer for $150, plus taxes, shipping and handling. The new equipment includes access to CenturyLink@Ease™, a comprehensive suite of backup, security and support services.
They will also be offering digital inclusion training in some communities. Minnesota isn’t listed yet but CenturyLink will partnering with community groups in Minnesota to offer free computer learning programs. The Minnesota locations will not be announced until after January 1 2012.
Participation in CenturyLink Internet Basics is determined by the criteria for the Lifeline Affordable Telephone Service.