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How To Get Low-Income Internet through CenturyLink

CenturyLink isn't offering special deals for low-income folks after the ACP ends

Centurylink offers $50 monthly plans for both fiber and DSL customers but is not offering special low-income options for former subscribers of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).

“Lumen strongly supports bipartisan legislation that will fully fund ACP as part of our digital inclusion mission,” a spokesperson from parent company Lumen tells us. “Our valued ACP customers will continue to receive service, and we’re working to keep them connected at an affordable rate. We also encourage our customers to apply for the Lifeline broadband discount if they aren’t currently receiving it.”

We’ll go over the cheapest plans available from CenturyLink and give you details about what will happen if you were an ACP beneficiary. Then, we’ll list ACP alternatives and CenturyLink competitors who may offer cheaper monthly plans.

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Affordable plans from CenturyLink

Our annual survey of internet plans revealed that $50 per month is a good price for broadband speeds, which the FCC defines as download speeds of 100Mbps. Some plans available from CenturyLink are spot on, and others miss the mark—but just barely.

Here’s a list of the cheapest CenturyLink plans available. Start shopping to see what you can get at your exact address.

PackagePriceSpeedTypeOrder online
Simply Unlimited Internet Up to 40-80 Mbps$55.00/mo.*80MbpsDSL
Simply Unlimited Internet 100 Mbps$50.00/mo.100MbpsDSL
Simply Unlimited Internet 140 Mbps$55.00/mo.140MbpsDSL
CenturyLink Fiber Internet 500 Mbps$50.00/mo.§500MbpsFiber

For context, DSL speeds of 40–80Mbps are fast enough for email and browsing but too slow for most modern applications. Speeds of 100–140Mbps can support a few devices streaming or gaming in HD, and they’re a good choice for small households.

CenturyLink fiber internet with speeds up to 500Mbps is fast enough for even the busiest and most high-tech homes, but it’s not available everywhere.

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What happens when the ACP ends?

The ACP ran out of funding in April. Participating providers received partial payments between $7 and $16 for each qualifying customer (rather than the typical $30 payment). That translated to partial credits on customer bills. But what happens after that?

“Lumen values its ACP customers and has taken numerous steps—going well beyond the FCC’s regulatory requirements—to ensure that its customers are well-informed about the unfortunate end of the ACP and how the ACP wind-down will impact their bills, or, in limited circumstances, their service, going forward,” Lumen reps say in an email to

Starting in June, the FCC will stop sending ACP subsidies unless the U.S. Congress finds another way to fund the program. According to the statement we received, CenturyLink ACP customers can choose to either keep their existing plans or sign up for a new one. If ACP customers don’t respond to multiple notifications about the end of the ACP, their service may be shut off.

Alternatives to the ACP

If you are facing financial hardship and need internet access, look into the Lifeline program. It offers a subsidy of $9.25 for either internet or phone service, and it’s managed by the same agency that managed the ACP.

Start your application with that agency, and be ready to prove eligibility for at least one of the following:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefits
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
  • Medicaid
  • Tribal Programs for Native Americans

If you qualify for the subsidy, you’ll get to choose from a list of eligible providers. If you’ve been pleased with CenturyLink, look for its name on the list of results and follow instructions to sign up.

Other providers with low-income programs

CenturyLink has a massive DSL network, and it’s started offering fiber internet in some areas. That means it has many competitors, but your options for internet service depend on where you live.

The $50–$55 price for some of CenturyLink’s plans is reasonable, but there’s a good chance you can get faster speeds or cheaper prices elsewhere. The following is a list of CenturyLink competitors who may meet that criteria:

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Additional resources

Fast internet is key to everyday life, and we think you deserve the best possible prices where you live. Browse the following articles from our expert library, whether you’re just starting to explore options or hoping to switch internet providers.


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