More than 200 additional broadband companies and carriers have taken the FCC’s Keep America Connected pledge during the coronavirus pandemic. That brings the total to 390.
Each of these companies has committed for the next 60 days to (1) not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the health emergency; (2) waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the pandemic; and (3) open its WiFi hotspots to any American who needs them.
“I’m gratified by the overwhelming response by American broadband and telephone service providers to my call for them to ensure consumers stay connected during the coronavirus pandemic,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “It is important during this crisis that Americans can keep in touch with family and friends while practicing social distancing, telework, and take part in remote learning and telehealth.”
Here’s the list of pledge-takers. Additionally, the associations SIA—Satellite Industry Association and WTA—Advocates for Rural Broadband, have endorsed the pledge.