FCC chair Ajit Pai urged internet providers to lower costs and boost speeds given that the coronavirus is likely to drive more people online to work and study and get healthcare, according to The Wall Street Journal.
That came in conference calls with industry representatives Thursday (March 12).
An FCC spokesperson confirmed the calls--as did a source familiar with them--and said that more details would be coming out Friday.
Pai wants broadband providers to hold off on disconnections, provide billing relief and open up WiFi hot spots for free.
Comcast was getting ahead of the issue Thursday, announcing that it was offering 60 days of free broadband access to low-income homes, providing free equipment, and boosting speeds.
In addition, NCTA-The National Cable & Telecommunications Association, said Thursday its members were exploring ways to expand initiatives and develop new strategies to meet the moment.
Weekly digest of streaming and OTT industry news
Thank you for signing up to Multichannel News. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.