CenturyLink, Inc. has expanded its high-speed internet services in Neah Bay, Wash. The company now offers connection speeds up to 40 Mbps as part of CenturyLink’s commitment to bring broadband to rural areas of Washington state.
High-speed internet access brings many benefits to rural communities, including economic development and better access to education and healthcare services, such as distance learning and telemedicine.
“We’re excited to help bridge the urban-rural digital divide by building out our broadband services in Neah Bay,” said Sue Anderson, CenturyLink vice president of operations for Washington. “We understand how important it is for our Neah Bay customers, including the Makah Tribe, to have fast, affordable access to the internet, so CenturyLink made this expansion of our high-speed internet service a priority.”
“Broadband is a necessity. Without it, rural communities can’t take advantage of the opportunities presented by our increasingly connected economy,” said U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell. “Before there was broadband access at Neah Bay, kids didn’t have high-speed internet to do their homework and entrepreneurs were unable to start online businesses or even develop a basic web-presence. Thanks to the work between CenturyLink and the Makah Tribe, Neah Bay has access to broadband that will support local families and the economy.”
The Makah Tribe is celebrating CenturyLink’s internet deployment with a broadband celebration luncheon on Friday, August 18 at 2:30 pm at the Makah Tribe Community Center. The event is open to the public and will feature a traditional Makah salmon bake, ceremonial ribbon cutting and CenturyLink service demonstration. Honored guests include U.S Sen Maria Cantwell, Washington State Senator John McCoy, Regional BIA Director Stan Speaks, and U.S. Coast District 13’s Admiral David Throop.
Depending on location, a variety of speeds may be available. Customers can order service or check service availability in their area by calling CenturyLink at (360) 283-5020 to speak with a representative or by visiting www.centurylink.com/ordernow
Neah Bay, Wash., is part of CenturyLink’s Connect America Fund (CAF) enablement plan for 2017. In August 2015, CenturyLink accepted the CAF phase II statewide offer in Washington state and committed to bring broadband with speeds of at least 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload to locations in FCC-designated, high-cost census blocks in Washington state over six years.