CenturyLink Donates Internet Services to Support Emergency Healthcare Facilities Amidst COVID-19 Outbreak; Ed Morche Quoted

CenturyLink has donated high-speed internet connections to temporary hospital facilities to help improve the effectiveness of the nation’s healthcare system, the company announced on Wednesday.

“As these needs arise across the country, CenturyLink is coordinating with local government, hospitals, and the military to locate field hospitals on our network so we can provide immediate connectivity. We are donating our costs and services to help the cause – it’s the right thing to do,”  said Ed Morche, CenturyLink president of government and enterprise markets.

CenturyLink will continue to respond to requests for services and install connections within 48 hours. Honoring its promise, the company installed and donated high-speed connectivity to the hospital ship U.S. Naval Ship Mercy hours after it arrived at the port of Los Angeles.

The company also waived installation fees for a 1 gigabit Ethernet circuit connecting the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) shored-based Naval Air Station North Island to USNS Mercy. The high-speed connection supports our nation’s military and healthcare professionals by providing medical assistance to patients not associated with COVID-19 during the pandemic.

CenturyLink has also committed to donate high-speed connectivity and waive fees for several field hospital operations in Seattle and Oregon. The company will continue its efforts with local and state agencies to provide speeds ranging from 200 Mbps to 1 Gigabit Ethernet connections.

The company will provide services in Seattle and Salem and has projected to grow CenturyLink’s reach as the solution evolves. CenturyLink created the Field Event Center in Seattle,  providing a 200 Mbps fiber connection to assist this 148-bed facility that will house non-coronavirus patients.

At the Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center in Salem, CenturyLink will provide a 1 gigabit Ethernet connection to this temporary hospital for 250 non-coronavirus patients in recovery..

“This is the beginning of our essential work to assist healthcare workers on the front lines, as we respond where we are needed the most,” added Morche.

About CenturyLink 

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a technology leader delivering hybrid networking, cloud connectivity, and security solutions to customers around the world. Through its extensive global fiber network, CenturyLink provides secure and reliable services to meet the growing digital demands of businesses and consumers. CenturyLink strives to be the trusted connection to the networked world and is focused on delivering technology that enhances the customer experience.

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