2012-09-27 / Lifestyles

Web rate deals given

PINCONNING, Mich. – CenturyLink, Inc. is offering its Internet Basics program to economically disadvantaged families in Michigan and throughout the nation.

The program supports the Federal Communications Commission’s National Broadband Plan to expand broadband adoption and use by low-income families. In addition to discounted high-speed Internet service, an affordable Internet-ready computer and free computer classes are being offered to eligible families in Century- Link’s local service areas.

CenturyLink’s Internet Basics program is available to anyone who qualifies for FCC’s Lifeline program or federal assistance programs, such as Food Stamps, Federal Public Housing Assistance, Head Start, the National School Lunch’s free or reduced lunch program, and who doesn’t currently have Internet access at home. For the back-to-school time period, CenturyLink is streamlining the approval process to make it easier and faster for eligible families to get online.

To help get more low-income families online, CenturyLink is offering discounted high-speed home Internet service starting at $9.95 a month, plus applicable taxes and fees, to eligible consumers in Michigan. The service provides access to up to 1.5 Mbps downstream capability. Higher bandwidth services, where available, are offered at a comparable discount.

CenturyLink is also offering program participants an Internetready netbook computer for $150, plus taxes, shipping and handling.

For more information about CenturyLink Internet Basics, call (800) 257-3212 or visit www.CenturyLink.com/InternetBasics.

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