Verizon, along with several of the Chamber’s other telecommunications members, have come together and taken the Federal Communications Commission’s Keep Americans Connected pledge. As part of this pledge, they have committed to 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 COVID-19 pandemic, waive any late fees that customers incur and open Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them. Verizon has announced that they have extended this commitment through June 30.
In addition to this pledge, Verizon is giving back in many ways, including additional community investments, employer-to-employer connections to bring together companies laying off or furloughing their employees with companies in urgent need of workers, and continually developing new small businesses resources.
Below you will find an overview of some of their COVID-19 initiatives.
- Verizon has extended their commitment to increase wireless data, waive overage charges for wireless customers impacted by COVID-19, and provide new discounted plans for low-income customers through June 30. These updates are in addition to their long-standing practice of no data caps for wireline services.
- Donated $7.5 million to establish the Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund, operated by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), to provide grants to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps until they can resume normal operations or until other more permanent financing becomes available. The application deadline to apply for round 3 is Wednesday, May 20 and grant information and FAQ can be found here.
- Cofounded “People + Work Connect” to help people get back to work. This employer-to-employer initiative brings together companies laying off or furloughing people with companies in urgent need of workers.
- Developed a small business webinar series featuring different experts providing their insights on how to respond to new challenges due to COVID-19, based on their professional expertise. All past webinars can be found on demand and are available for download, including presentation materials.
More information can be found on their COVID-19 Response Center