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UK broadband providers lift data caps during coronavirus crisis

UK broadband providers lift data caps during coronavirus crisis

A billboard promoting Virgin media fibre broadband is seen in London, Britain, March 30, 2016. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Britain’s huge telecoms providers have agreed to take away all data caps on fixed-line broadband providers which have turn out to be a lifeline for folks remoted at house during the coronavirus crisis, the federal government mentioned on Sunday.

The firms, which embrace BT (BT.L), Virgin Media (LBTYA.O), Sky (CMCSA.O) and TalkTalk (TALK.L), dedicated to assist and shield weak clients during the pandemic after talks with the federal government and regulator Ofcom.

Other measures embrace serving to clients who discover it tough to pay payments on account of the epidemic, bettering cell and landline packages to make sure folks can keep linked, and prioritizing repairs for weak clients.

“It is essential that people stay at home to protect the NHS (health service) and save lives. This package helps people to stay connected whilst they stay home,” Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden mentioned within the authorities assertion.

Many of the businesses have already taken steps to assist clients during the crisis, together with making it simpler for weak folks to entry info they want.

The different firms that agreed to the commitments had been Openreach, O2 (TEF.MC), Vodafone (VOD.L), Three (0215.HK), Hyperoptic, Gigaclear and KCOM.

Reporting by Paul Sandle; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne

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