For Immediate Release
Contact: Ted Hearn
PITTSBURGH, March 13, 2020 – ACA Connects (ACAC) President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement in support of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s call on broadband ISPs to assist consumers amid the coronavius emergency:
“ACA Connects applauds FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for his vision and guidance at a time when the country is facing a global health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“The challenges facing our country require a new level of teamwork between broadband service providers and government. We at ACA Connects endorse Chairman Pai’s ‘Keep Americans Connected’ pledge, and we know that all ACA Connects members are committed to helping their communities stay strong amid so much uncertainty.
“As part of their daily operations, many of our members have already taken steps to accommodate increased and unique demands by their customers and their communities during this period of social distancing brought on by the coronavirus outbreak.
“ACA Connects members are also investing in both training and technology to ensure their networks remain operational and their service meets their customers’ needs during periods of increased demand as a result of this emergency.
“ACA Connects members have been at the forefront of broadband growth throughout rural America. Because they have invested billions over the past decades to build high-performance and reliable broadband networks, they now stand ready to meet the needs of consumers, businesses, and anchor institutions to more easily cope with the spread of the virus, affording their customers the ability to stay in contact with their families and neighbors and engage in telework, distant learning, and telehealth.”