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Verizon Closing Some Retail Stores During Pandemic

Verizon said Saturday it would be shuttering some of its retail stores and has implemented a "work from home" strategy to encourage the social distancing that is one weapon against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. 

"Balancing our employees’ safety against the need to continue to support critical services and infrastructure is paramount," said Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg. 

Some legislators calling for ISP actions have been particularly focused on making sure students have access to broadband given that millions will not be returning to classrooms next week and instead will be relying on distance learning.  

Verizon said it is tripling its monthly data allowance for schools and committing $10 million to nonprofits to support students and first responders. 

A Verizon spokesman was not available to comment on how many stores would be closing.

John Eggerton
John Eggerton

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.