AT&T, Verizon Among Companies Backing Platform for Small Business Aid

AT&T and Verizon are among the charter members of a new Stand for Small Business coalition launched by American Express. 

The companies are pledging to provide "meaningful support" to small businesses trying to navigate the shuttered world of COVID-19

The coalition says it will give millions of those small businesses tools, expertise, services and more to help them reduce operating expenses, manage a remote workforce and boost their digital capabilities and profile. 

The idea is to provide a centralized platform for much of the help already being provided. 

Other coalition members include some of the biggest Big Tech: Facebook, Google, Dell, and Microsoft.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.