Democratic U.S. senators on Monday were to introduce legislation to ensure Americans who have suffered financial hardships due to the coronavirus pandemic approach broadband web.
The bill, which was seen by Reuters and will be made public later on Monday, would give free or minimal effort broadband service to low-pay families or those who have been as of late laid off or furloughed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It would boost an existing Federal Communications Commission Lifeline subsidy program to help millions all the more low-pay Americans qualify, with in excess of 20 million Americans out of work.
The 25 senators introducing the bill include Ron Wyden, Charles Schumer, Bernie Sanders, Brian Schatz, Elizabeth Warren, Robert Menendez and Kamala Harris.
A similar measure was introduced in the U.S. House in May.
At the urging of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, hundreds of internet services, including Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ), Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA), AT&T Inc, T-Mobile US (NASDAQ:TMUS) Inc and Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Inc's Google Fiber - concurred in March not to drop service or charge late fees to customers who have been affected by the pandemic.
Those commitments end on Tuesday and web firms are adopting various strategies to how they will deal with consumers who can't take care of their tabs.
Pai has approached Congress to pass legislation to support consumers and small businesses stay associated and asked providers to offer expanded installment plans.
The Democratic bill would concede households with an out-of-work part a $50 every month advantage. Funds could be put toward the month to month web access costs and require ISPs to serve qualified households at a reduced cost.
Republicans in the two houses of Congress released a structure this month that would establish programs to assist families who have suffered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to stay associated.
Congress is probably going to take up the issue as it works on new coronavirus assistance legislation.
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