Major US internet firms agree not to suspend services over next two months


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Major US internet firms agree not to suspend services over next two months

Late on Friday, the 13th of March 2020, the US telecommunication regulator had issued a statement saying that the major US wireless data providers such as Comcast Corp. alongside Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc., United States’ first- and second-largest wireless data carrier respectively, had reached an accord not to cancel or terminate subscription for the next 60 days even if the users were unable to pay off the dues due to a havoc-scale disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Apart from that, followed by the announcement of US Telecommunication regulator, US FCC (Federal Communication Commission) Chair Ajit Pai was quoted saying in a telephone interview that more than 50 companies had also agreed to a waiver for small business owners or residentials for any kind of late fees because of the financial fallouts of the coronavirus outbreak, while the companies had also agreed to open up their Wi-Fi hotspots to any subscriber who might need it.

As many US nationals were expected to work from the home over the coming weeks or even months following states’ orders to shut down workspaces to slow down the spread of the virus outbreak, voicing a fairly upscaled note over the latest decisions of US data carriers not to cancel or suspend services for the next 60 days, FCC Chair Pai said in a statement, “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.

Broadband will enable them to communicate with their loved ones and doctors, telework, ensure their children can engage in remote learning”.