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How to Save Money on Internet from CenturyLink

How to Save Money on Internet from CenturyLink

Looking to save money on your Internet service? Check out CenturyLink’s Internet Basics program! Although Comcast’s low income program is way better (in my opinion), CenturyLink’s eligibility requirements allow them to help more people.


Please note that this program is now restricted to residents of Oregon, Tennessee and Washington State.

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How can Internet Basics help me save money on Internet bill?

If you qualify, you can pay just $9.95 per month for Internet service! That’s almost the cheapest Internet price we’ve ever seen!


Unfortunately, this program contains quite a bit of bad news in the fine print. Here are some highlights:

A 12 month contract is required. An early termination fee of up to $200 will be assessed if you cancel early. This is one of the main reasons I prefer Comcast Internet Essentials. Comcast does not require contracts.


Activation fees apply. Installation fees may apply. (This is not true at Comcast.)

Speeds are capped at 1.5 mbps. (Comcast is faster.)

Credit approval and a deposit may be required. (Comcast service requires no deposit or credit check.)

After the first year, the price increases to $14.95/month with a $7.99/month modem lease fee. The $9.25 subsidy will continue to apply, so you could pay as little as $5.70 plus the modem fee ($13.69/month).  You can only be on the program for 60 months before your eligibility is automatically terminated.

I’ve been informed by a reader that there is a lifetime limit of 5 years on this program. Once you’ve used this program for 60 months, you will no longer qualify for the reduced prices.

Once you are approved for this program, you also have the option to buy a low-cost computer. CenturyLink offers white, 16 GB Apple iPad Mini 2 tablets for $150 (plus shipping and handling), but the entire price must be paid before shipping and you have to sign a 24 month contract.

How do I qualify to save money on Internet service?

To qualify, you must meet these requirements:


    • You must reside in a CenturyLink service area inside the states of Washington, Oregon or Tennesee.
    • You must not be a current CenturyLink subscriber, have an unpaid CenturyLink bill or unreturned equipment.
    • You must have an income that is equal to or less than 135% of the federal poverty guidelines OR participate in a qualifying federal assistance program.

Qualifying federal assistance programs include:

    • Medicaid
    • SNAP (Food Stamps, EBT)
    • Section 8 Housing
    • Free or reduced price school lunches (remember, this qualifies you for the Comcast program, too!)
    • Head Start
    • SSI (Supplemental Security Income)
    • LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program)
    • TANF or TTANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families or the Tribally-Administered TANF program)
    • FDPIR (Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations)
    • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance

How do I apply?

That’s easy! Apply online by clicking here.

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Have too much month at the end of your money? Me too - and that's how Low Income Relief got started. I have over 20 years of professional research and writing experience. Over the years, I've worked as a novelist, journalist, ghostwriter and content creator. My work has been featured in various print and online publications, including USA Today,,, Legal Beagle, The Daily Herald (Provo, Utah), The Chronicle (Centralia, WA) and others. At Low Income Relief, I use my professional research and reporting experience to help low income families save money and make ends meet. It's been my full-time job since 2016, and it's truly an honor to serve you.

Nancy S

Thursday 22nd of November 2018

Check with CenturyLink--as of a couple of months ago, they removed the low income program! No discount at all for low income folks anymore, but they told me they would grandfather in anyone already on the program.

Marlene A

Tuesday 2nd of April 2019

The above information is not correct. CenturyLink continues offer a low income program - Lifeline. In addition, there are various states which also provide additional discounts.

Riley Thomson

Friday 23rd of November 2018

Nancy, Thanks for the info. We will look into that. -Riley

Crystal L Benavides

Tuesday 28th of August 2018

I just want to say thank you for researching and putting useful information out here for everyone. Especially us that may have fallen into a tight space..lost job ..for reasons such as being laid of or just simply companies cutting back or going out of business. Everyone that needs help isn't on drugs or a low life. I wish more people had empathy or tried to understand. I know if they just tried we would all be better off. So again thank you all tjat put your time and energy into helping others. May God continue to bless you and your families.

Nicole Thelin

Thursday 30th of August 2018

Thank you so much for leaving such a kind comment, Crystal! I'm always happy to help and I completely agree - if people had more empathy or understanding, this world would be a much better place.

Tina Lewis

Monday 13th of August 2018

This is also available in Texas. Do you have any idea when it will be available in New Mexico

Nicole Thelin

Tuesday 14th of August 2018

I have no idea, Tina. All I know is what I find during my research. I'd recommend contacting the company for more information about their expansion plans. :\


Friday 2nd of March 2018

The CenturyLink Internet Basics program is only available to residents in the states of Oregon, Tennessee and Washington.


Monday 4th of June 2018

Thanks, HB! I've updated the article accordingly.