For immediate release – May 23, 2011

Joplin area residents and businesses affected by the tornado damage can dial in to Socket’s network to access the Internet free of charge to help connect to loved ones. Any username and password will work when dialing to the Internet using Socket’s local Joplin dial-up modem number: 417-206-9992

To set up the free connection, users need to follow these steps or call Socket at 1-800-762-5383:

    1 – Go to the computer’s Control Panel.
    2 – Go to Network Connections or Network and Sharing Center.
    3 – Add or set up a new connection.
    4 – Enter in the dial-up number: 417-206-9992
    5 – Enter in any username and password.

Socket’s technical support in Columbia, Mo will also be made available to everyone using this free connection. Victims can call Socket with any problems or if they need help setting up this connection. Contact Socket toll-free at 1-800-762-5383 or from Joplin at 417-572-0000.

To locate a loved one, or report yourself safe and well, go to

“Although it’s a minor offering, we hope the open Internet access will help people communicate with their family and friends during this tragedy,” stated Socket’s president Carson Coffman.

Founded in 1994, Socket is a Missouri-based telephone and Internet service provider with the largest service coverage in the state. Socket is a privately held company that provides business and residential customers a choice for local and long-distance phone and Internet service. It combines the highest quality customer service with in-depth technical knowledge. Socket's network serves more than 20,000 residents and businesses in more than 400 Missouri cities, and its customers enjoy simple billing and quick, friendly service. For additional information, visit:



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