Internet access is important during the crisis to keep the public informed, but also to let people work from home, attend school remotely, and keep in touch despite social distancing. "That's why I'm asking all broadband and phone service suppliers to take the Hold People Linked Pledge".
Comcast Corp., AT&T Inc. and practically all the other major internet providers in the US have signed onto a Federal Communications Commission initiative to help maintain web access for Americans affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
(3) open its Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them.
The U.S. telecoms regulator stated Friday that main internet suppliers - together with Comcast Corp, AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications Inc - agreed not to terminate service for subscribers for the next 60 days if they're unable to pay their payments due to disruptions attributable to the coronavirus.
"As the coronavirus outbreak spreads and causes a series of disruptions to the economic, educational, medical and civic life of our country, it is imperative that Americans stay connected", said Chairman Ajit Pai.
Update: Comcast announced it's lifting bandwidth caps for 60 days, while Sprint and T-Mobile announced similar policy changes. T-Mobile and Metro customers will also have free global calling to Level 3 impacted countries, which includes much of Europe.
Trade associations ACA Connects, Competitive Carriers of America, CTIA, INCOMPAS, NCTA-The Internet and Television Association, NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, USTelecom, and WISPA have all endorsed the pledge.
Context: Lawmakers have urged internet service providers to step up this week to help Americans through the coronavirus.
Providers also promise to waive late fees. He exhorted those companies with low-income broadband programs like the Connect2Compete program to expand and improve them (for example, by increasing speeds to 25/3 Mbps and expanding eligibility) and those without to adopt such programs.
Internet firms expressed confidence that US networks can stand up to the anticipated soar in site visitors.
US Telecom, the commerce affiliation for main telecom firms, stated in a letter to congressional leaders on Friday that thus far they've "not noticed time shifted visitors exceeding peak community capability". Greater than 60% of US community site visitors is video and content material streaming.