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Last Updated: 18 January 2022

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Florida passed grim milestone this weekend, surpassing New York for second - highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in United States. With no national strategy or consistent from Washington, it is essential that Gov. Ron DeSantis talks straight about situation and Florida's evolving plan for containing outbreak. Florida has reported 432 747 cases since March 1, almost as many as California, state with nearly twice population. While weekend numbers bring end to Florida's three - day streak of reporting more than 10 000 infections each day, it rounds out another record - breaking week for number of fatalities and hospitalizations reported over seven - day span. Florida's infection rate also remains stubbornly high, varying from 13 percent to 18 percent in past two weeks, well above States ' target of below 10 percent. Overtaking New York, once epicenter of nations outbreak, certainly hit Florida psyche. State was already trying to put rosy spin on numbers last week. Desantis declared at news conference Thursday situation in Florida was trending much better, noting drop in infection rate and downward signs of emergency room admissions related to COVID - 19. But those remarks came same day President Donald Trump abruptly announced Republican National Convention would cancel its August event in Jacksonville because of surge in Florida cases. These conflicting pictures come as Florida families are grappling with most consequential decision to date whether, when and how to reopen schools. Mixed messaging only undermines confidence in government. America leaders should offer hope and in times of crisis. And Florida experience must be measured through variety of data points and considered in context. State Has More Cases Than New York, For Example, But Has Suffered Fraction Of New York's Total Deaths From Virus. Still, outpouring of new cases, stresses on health care system and rash of infections in younger Floridians pose daunting new challenges at time state is struggling to restart its economy. Last week, White House coronavirus task force coordinator, Deborah Birx, told NBC News country is now dealing with three New Yorks, as she described surge in new cases in Texas, Florida and California. Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway criticized states that have become blaming governors for opening up too quickly. On Monday, Miami Marlins scratched their home opener against Baltimore Orioles after learning that 14 members of baseball team, 12 players and two coaches had tested positive for virus. So much for clear picture of where this pandemic is going. Desantis needs to provide unvarnished facts as Florida to weather this public health crisis. State Cannot Afford To Squander Public Trust In Its Ability To Manage Pandemic. That confidence will be essential as state looks to further reopen. Nearly five months into this pandemic, public learnt to temper its expectations.

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FCC Connectivity Pledge

Communications companies big and small have signed on to Keep Americans Connect Pledge AT request of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and in face of COVID - 19 coronavirus pandemic. Pai talk with broadband service providers and trade associations on Thursday and ask them, in order to ensure that Americans do not lose their broadband or telephone connectivity as result of these exceptional circumstances, to agree to following for AT least next 60 days: not terminating service to any residential or small Business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to disruptions cause by coronavirus pandemic; waive any late fees that any residential or small Business customers incur because of their economic circumstances relate to coronavirus pandemic; and open its WiFi hotspots to any American who need them. As coronavirus outbreak spreads and causes series of disruptions to economic, educational, medical, and civic life of our country, it is imperative that Americans stay Connect, say Pai. Broadband will enable them to communicate with their loved ones and doctors, telework, ensure their children can engage in remote learning, andimportantlytake part in social distancing that will be so critical to limiting spread of this novel coronavirus. I applaud broadband companies that have decided to make changes to their business practices to support response to COVID - 19, FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks. This is great start. Now, FCC needs to join effort and implement steps that I outlined in my Senate testimony on Tuesday and highlighted throughout this week. Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel also signatories, but also wanted more. He said FCC continue to talk with service providers about being able to keep up with changes in usage patterns - as in lots more traffic - during pandemic to make sure it does not impair network performance. We are confronting unparalleled global public health crisis, says NCTA - Internet & Television Association President Michael Powell. This is moment that calls for society to work together and for every business and organization to do what it can to help mitigate dangerous effects of COVID - 19 and risk it presents to our citizens. Social distancing has become essential part of that response, which is leading to millions of people - by far more than typical - working and learning from home. Nctas member companies, Americas Broadband leaders, which provide fast and reliable Internet service to over 72 million homes and businesses, are working hard to ensure that our vital network connection to Internet remains robust and accessible. Rising to challenge and meeting moment; that is message our small, competitive local broadband and communications service providers are sending today by joining FCC Pledge to Keep Americans Connect during Coronovirus challenge, said INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering. Without question, broadband is critical, lifesaving service for our customers. Local providers serve schools, hospitals, health clinics, small businesses and families that depend on reliable Internet access and communications services now more than ever.

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Additional Steps Carriers Have Taken

Nation's Largest Carrier Has Extended Its FCC Pledge Relief Measures Through June 30 For All Customers Affected By Coronavirus Outbreak. As of July 1, carrier is now offering additional repayment options its Stay Connect repayment program. All customers who sign up for Pledge relief have been automatically enrol in this program, through Verizon will work with you to alleviate any hardship caused by COVID - 19. Additionally, Verizon is focusing efforts on supporting teachers and students participating in its Innovative Learning program. Schools will triple their current data allowances to aid effort in continued home - base Learning during extended school shutdowns. Verizon has also extended same discount Unlimited plan pricing currently offered to military and first responders to nurses and teachers as well. This pricing is going forward. Remainder Of Verizon's Relief Measures Have Expire; Here's Rundown Of What Carrier Offers To Its Customers: Through April 30, Verizon Will Provide Unlimited Domestic Calling To Customers On Limited Minute Plans Plus Free International Calling To Level 3 Countries That Have Been Impacted Hardest By COVID - 19. Prepaid customers receive additional 300 minutes to call those affected destinations. Verizon also added extra 15GB of high - speed data for all wireless customers through April 30thUnlimited plan subscribers receive extra 15GB to their hotspot allowance, and share data plan customers receive another 15GB added to your overall monthly data allotment. Lifeline program subscribers saw voice and internet charges waive. Most Verizon stores are open Monday through Saturday, though all stores remain closed on Sundays. Store hours continue to be reduced to 11AM - 4PM, and customers must wear masks AT all times inside store. Verizon has also introduced Touchless Retail measures in stores, including prefer check - in process and text - base checkout process. Though carrier has suspended wireless data caps entirely, customers can upgrade to Unlimited plan at anytime. Start Unlimited plan is 70 / month for single line, offering Unlimited 4G LTE data; Play More Unlimited and Do More Unlimited Plans each include Unlimited Mobile hotspot data with 15GB AT 4G LTE for 80 / month.

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