Washington, DC – COVID-19 is changing how Americans go about their lives; we are – wisely – spending a lot more time in our homes. In turn, we are straining the services that connect us: the internet and our phones. To meet this increased traffic and demand, the private sector is stepping up. Our broadband and telephone providers are making sure that Americans can continue to stay connected—receiving internet access and phone service.
185 providers have joined the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) “Keep Americans Connected” pledge, to encourage connectivity during these circumstances.
Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched its “Keep Americans Connected” pledge, a 60-day initiative to encourage telecom and broadband companies across the country to:
- increase internet access by waiving late fees, for customers and small businesses, due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,
- not terminate service to people because of their inability to pay bills,
- and open Wi-Fi hotspots.
Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Republican Leader Bob Latta (R-OH) praised these efforts, and “hope to continue this momentum to expand broadband access as Congress takes emergency measures to combat COVID-19).”
Here are the companies that have committed:
ACIRA – Powered by Farmers Mutual Telephone Company & Federated Telephone, Advanced Communications Technology, Agri-Valley Communications, Alaska Communications, Allstream Business US, AlticeUSA, Antietam Broadband, Appalachian Wireless, Atlantic Broadband, ATMC, AT&T, BBT, Ben Lomand Connect, BEVCOMM, Blackfoot Communications, Blanchard Telephone Company, Bledsoe Telephone Cooperative, Bloomingdale Communications, Blue Valley Tele-Communications, BOYCOM Vision, Bristol Bay Telephone Cooperative, Bruce Telephone Company, Burlington Telecom, Bush-Tell, Cable One, Cap Rock Telephone Cooperative, C Spire, Cellcom, Central Arkansas Telephone Cooperative, CenturyLink, Charter, Cincinnati Bell, Citizens Connected, Clear Lake Telephone Company, Cochrane Co-op Telephone, Comcast, Consolidated Communications, Coons Valley Farmers Telephone, Copper Valley Telecom, Cox Communications, Cunningham Communications, Cunningham Telephone Company, D&P Communications, Dallas Network Services, Digital West, DTC Communications, Dubois Telephone Exchange, EarthLink, East Ascension Telephone Company, Education Networks of America, Emerald Broadband, Emery Telecom, Farmers Mutual Co-Op Phone Co, Ethoplex, Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative, Fatbeam, FirstLight, Frontier, Garden Valley Technologies, GCI, Golden West Telecommunications, Google Fiber, Grande Communications, Granite State Communications, Granite Telecommunications, Great Plains Communications, GRM Networks, Hancock Telephone Company, Hargray Communications, Hawaiian Telcom, Hiawatha Broadband, Hiawatha Telephone Company, Highland Telephone Cooperative, Hill Country, Home Telecom, Hotwire Communications, Hughes, IdeaTek Telecom, Industry Telephone Company, Inteliquent, InterBel Telephone Company, Interstate Telecommunications Cooperative, KPU, Lafourche Telephone Company, Lakeland Communications, Lennon Telephone Company, Long Lines Broadband, LTC Networks, Lincoln Telephone Company, Lynxx Networks, Madison Telephone Company, Mammoth Networks/Visionary Broadband, Marquette-Adams Telephone Cooperative, Matanuska Telephone Association, Mediacom, Merit Network, MetTel, Midco, Mid-Hudson Cable, Midstate Communications, Midway Telephone Company, Mosaic Telecom, Mount Horeb Telephone Company, Nelson Cable, Nemont, Nex-Tech, NfinityLink Communications, Ninestar Connect, North Central Telephone Cooperative, Northeast Nebraska Telephone Company, Northern Telephone Cooperative, Northwest Communications Cooperative, Northwest Fiber, Northwest Missouri Cellular, Norvado, Nsight Teleservices, Ntec, Nushagak Cooperative, Ontonagon County Telephone Company, Orbitel Communications, Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative, Peninsula Fiber Network, Peoples Telephone Cooperative, Pigeon Telephone Company, Pine Belt Communications, Pioneer Communications, Polar Communications, Portative Technologies, Premier Communications, Rainbow Communications, Range Telephone Cooperative, RCN, Red River Communications, Reserve Telephone Company, Richland-Grant Telephone Cooperative, RT Communications, Sacred Wind Communications, Sandhill Telephone Cooperative, SCC Networks, Segra/Lumos Networks, Shawnee Communications, Silver Star Communications, Sirentel, Sjoberg’s, Skyline Membership Cooperative, Socket Telecom, Solarus, Sonic, Sprint, Starry, STRATA Networks, SRT Communications, TCT, TDS Telecom, TeleNet Worldwide, Thumb Cellular, TMobile, Totelcom, TOWARDEX, TracFone Wireless, Tri-County Communications Cooperative, TrioTel Communications, Twin Lakes, Uniti Fiber, US Cellular, Vast Broadband, Verizon, Viaero Wireless, Viasat, Vyve Broadband Investments, Wabash Communications CO-OP, Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom, Wander Internet, Wave Broadband, Wave Wireless, Wavelinc Communications, Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association, West Carolina Rural Telephone Cooperative, West Kentucky and Tennessee Telephone Cooperative, West River Telecom, West Telecom Services, Windstream, WorldNet Telecommunications, and ZenFi Networks. Additionally, the trade associations ACA Connects, Competitive Carriers of America, CTIA, INCOMPAS, NCTA—The Internet and Television Association, NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association, TIA—The Telecommunications Industry Association and the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation, USTelecom, and WISPA have also endorsed the pledge.
Additional COVID-19 Resources:
E&C Republicans COVID-19 page
CDC COVID-19 website