While tech companies search for ways to help amid the Coronavirus pandemic, networking is the main thing that many can deliver. In response, Internet companies are stepping up to ensure everybody remains linked. Nation's largest broadband providers, such as Comcast, Spectrum, and AT&T will offer free WiFi hotspots located in workplaces and outdoor locations around the country for everyone - even for those who don't or can't afford to subscribe to Internet plans. They are opening up their facilities to help alleviate the stresses on people during this pandemic.


Coronavirus

Coronavirus Background?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a family of viruses, which can spread from person to person, according to the CDC. Coronavirus is thought to be first detected in December 2019 on a market for seafood in Wuhan, China. When anyone has coronavirus, the symptoms they can display include moderate to serious respiratory distress, cough, and breathing difficulties. There is no vaccine at the moment, however, there are a few safety precautions that could limit the spreading of this virus to a great extent.

Many businesses have taken a "Keep Americans Connected Promise" from the FCC, which tells them not to cancel service to any residential or small business consumer due to their failure to pay their bills due to disturbances induced by the coronavirus pandemic; waives all late payments paid by any residential or small business consumer due to their economic circumstances, set up Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the US for people who needs them during this pandemic.


AT&T

AT&T will not be ending coverage for any home cellular, AT&T wireless, or AT&T internet for home or small business users for the next 60 days due to the failure of payment. They will do the following as well:

at&t coverage


Spectrum Free Internet

Charter Communications is providing similar services during these times. Starting 16th March the company will be following as per below:

Spectrum Free Internet

Charter believes offering internet access to people who need to work and study remotely would help curb the coronavirus pandemic. Spectrum customer service can be reached 24/7 for further details on how to get free internet.


Comcast Xfinity

The organization is expanding the Xfinity WiFi network and offering limitless bandwidth for free. Comcast is opening up the Xfinity WiFi network for anyone to help users remain linked to school and work, as well as Hotspots around the country will be accessible to everyone who wants it for free, even non-subscribers.

Comcast Xfinity


Sprint

Sprint has also joined the ‘Keep Americans Connected Pledge’ and is opening up the network to its subscribers

Sprint wifi


T-Mobile

This network provider already has several customers with unlimited calls, text and, internet and are still committed to double their efforts to keep their customers connected.

T-Mobile


Conclusion

During these hard times, many companies have come forward in assisting network operations and are constantly evaluating, tracking, and improving networks and systems through technology and engineering teams to ensure coverage during this time of heavy shelter-at-home usage.