FCC Chairman Pai Extends Keep Americans Connected Pledge

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) Chairman Ajit Pai has extended the Keep Americans Connected Pledge through June 30, 2020. More than 700 broadband and telephone service providers have committed to this pledge, which was originally set to end on May 12, 2020. The providers have committed: (1) to not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills; (2) to waive any late fees that customers may incur in paying their bills; and (3) to open their Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them. In light of the continued detrimental effects of COVID-19 on the American economy, Chairman Pai believes extension is vital. While the Commission encourages providers to extend their commitments to June 30, it understands that some smaller or rural providers may be unable to do so feasibly. Such providers should contact KACpledge@fcc.gov by May 12 if they wish to opt out of the extension.

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