The FCC lengthened its nationwide connectivity pledge until June 30. The initial pledge was due to expire May 12. Since launching the initiative last month, more than 700 broadband and telephone providers committed for 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 coronavirus; (2) waive any late fees; and (3) open their WiFi hotspots to any American who needs them.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is now asking providers to extend these offerings until the end of June. Earlier this week, the Chairman held calls with providers representing the majority of broadband and telephone subscribers in the United States as well as trade associations to relay this request.
Pai said hundreds of providers, large and small, have stepped up to the plate to keep Americans connected. “Given our nation’s current situation, I’m urging these companies to extend these important offerings—uninterrupted service, waiving of late fees, and continued availability of WiFi hotspots—until June 30. Companies representing the vast majority of broadband and telephone subscriptions have already agreed to this extension.” He thanked them and encouraged others to do so.
The FCC understands that some carriers, particularly those in small markets and rural areas, may not be able to continue the pledge because of financial challenges. They should contact KACpledge@fcc.gov by May 12, if they want to opt out of the extension.
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