Supporting The Telecommunications Industry Through The COVID-19 Crisis - What You Need To Know [telecom]

by Jennifer L. Richter , Tom Davidson , Douglas I. Brandon , Steven
Rowings , Lyndsey Grunewald , Karen L. Milne , Virginia D. Hiner ,
Galen Roehl and Shea Boyd
Key Points
* Congress and federal agencies are taking action to ensure that
Americans stay connected during the COVID-19 crisis, including the
CARES Act. The CARES Act provides $200 million to the FCC for
telehealth services and additional funding for other federal
initiatives aimed at closing the digital divide and supporting
distance learning.
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In addition to the $200 million COVID-19 Telehealth Program
(implementing the CARES Act), the FCC has proposed other new
initiatives to make funding available for telehealth providers,
including a $100 million Connected Care Program. The Commission has
also made an additional $42 million immediately available through
its RHC Program, and has taken other measures to support
telecommunications providers and telecommunications services by
temporarily extending certain deadlines, issuing waivers of some
existing rules and granting some wireless providers temporary access
to additional spectrum.
* DHS has issued guidance classifying certain telecommunications
workers as "essential critical infrastructure workers" during this
crisis.
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