centurylinkCenturyLink Price for Life, announced yesterday, gives customers a monthly rate for internet service that does not change as long as the subscriber’s service plan and address remain the same. In addition the company said that it has upgraded speeds to 1 million homes and small businesses so far in 2017 and will do so to an additional 2 million by year’s end. Half of those locations will have speeds of 100 Mbps or faster when the upgrades are complete, the company said.

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“CenturyLink is committed to improving the lives of our customers by connecting them to the power of the digital world; that’s why we’re investing in new broadband technology and offering customers a fair and straightforward monthly rate for high-speed internet service,” Maxine Moreau, CenturyLink President of Consumer Markets said in a press release. “Our deployment of faster broadband speeds in big cities as well as small towns helps CenturyLink connect its customers to the things that matter most to them.”

Pricing starts at $45 for $20 Mbps service, up to $65 for 100 Mbps. To qualify for the program, customers must order the service online. They can opt to do a self-installation, or choose professional installation for $99. They also must lease a modem for an additional $10 per month, or purchase it for $150, according to CenturyLink’s terms of service.

The speed upgrades will include limited areas where CenturyLink also offers gigabit service. On the other end of the spectrum, CenturyLink also highlighted their ongoing Connect America Fund efforts, which brings 10 Mbps broadband to many of its more rural markets.

CenturyLink, which has moved up the expected close of its acquisition of Level 3 to mid- to late-October, has made several service upgrade announcements during the past few months. Last week, it introduced CenturyLink Business Wi-Fi, which is based on Cisco Meraki technology and is aimed at businesses with 250 or fewer employees with Wi-Fi. The service offers cloud-based real-time monitoring, analytics and what the company describes as easy management.