Keep Americans Connected Pledge
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has called on broadband and telephone service providers to promote connectivity for Americans impacted by the disruptions caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Updated March 17, 2020
On March 13, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched the “Keep Americans Connected Pledge.” Ajit Pai, FCC Chairman, released a press release emphasizing the importance of keeping Americans connected as the country experiences serious disruptions caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The pledge reads as follows:
Given the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on American society, [[Company Name]]
pledges 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 coronavirus pandemic;
(2) waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their
economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic; and
(3) open its Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them.
Several major service providers have already taken the pledge. OIT has compiled a list of resources for students, faculty, and staff in the UT Dallas community from the major local service providers and their response to the Keep Americans Connected Pledge.