When the COVID-19 crisis emerged this year and then quickly escalated into a pandemic that changed everyone’s lives seemingly overnight, the wireless infrastructure industry was in a unique position to have an immediate positive impact by providing the connectivity people needed to continue to work, learn and stay in touch with family and friends. When schools closed and businesses sent their employees home to work remotely, the nation’s wireless networks provided essential connectivity and the nation’s service providers pledged not to terminate service to customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to coronavirus disruptions. They waived late fees and opened up Wi-Fi hotspots so Americans are able to remain connected despite stay-at-home orders and business disruptions, and they launched initiatives to facilitate distance learning and support frontline healthcare workers and first responders.
In the days and weeks that followed, many other companies have stepped up to the plate and found ways that they can use their talents and expertise to positively impact their communities. Companies in the wireless infrastructure industry have made sure mobile COVID-19 test facilities have communications capabilities and have helped develop medical equipment. Businesses have come together with their employees to address humanitarian crises in their communities, including helping to feed children who normally eat at school and checking in on vulnerable fellow citizens.
WIA is proud of our member companies and their employees who are finding big and small ways to make an impact on their communities during this unprecedented time.
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