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CenturyLink donates and installs high-speed connectivity to hospital ship

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CenturyLink is to donate high-speed internet connections to temporary hospital facilities that have been created to help ease the burden on the United States’ healthcare system during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Specifically, CenturyLink is working with local and state agencies to provide speeds ranging from 200 Mbps to 1 Gigabit Ethernet connections at various locations, including:

  • CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle: 200 Mbps fibre connection to assist the 148-bed facility that will house non-coronavirus patients.

  • Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center in Salem: 1 gigabit Ethernet connection to this temporary hospital for 250 non-coronavirus patients in recovery.

To date, CenturyLink has installed and donated high-speed connectivity to the U.S. Naval Ship Mercy, waiving installation fees for a 1 gigabit Ethernet circuit connecting the Defense Information Systems Agency's shored-based Naval Air Station North Island to USNS Mercy and connecting services within hours of the ship docking.

The high-speed connection will support military and healthcare professionals working on site.

It also installed high-speed fibre internet connections at eight quarantine locations in just three days throughout the city of Seattle in King County. These locations are serving coronavirus patients.

CenturyLink has further committed to donating fee-free high-speed connectivity for several field hospital operations in Seattle and Oregon. 

"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," said Ed Morche, CenturyLink president of government and enterprise markets. "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."

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