KEEPING AUSTRALIANS CONNECTED – LATEST ON TELCO INITIATIVES TO ENSURE ONGOING SERVICE DELIVERY DURING COVID-19Sydney, 23 April 2020: Communications Alliance and the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) today released updated consumer guidance and details of new initiatives to help ensure Australians stay connected to the telco services they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The second edition of “Keeping Australians Connected” includes updates on how Australia’s communication networks are responding to the increasing demand and traffic, as well as information and tips for customers to ensure minimal disruption to their service.
The document outlines:
- a set of core operating principles, developed jointly with the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon. Paul Fletcher MP, containing industry commitments to customers – particularly those experiencing hardship through the impacts of COVID-19;
- a $150m relief package created by NBN Co, that will enable service providers to offer additional assistance to consumers and small businesses; and
- alternative arrangements for some of the requirements of the Telecommunications Consumer Protection (TCP) industry Code, made necessary by the reconfiguration of providers’ customer service resources toward those impacted by COVID-19
The document details the steps taken by service providers to provide new benefits to customers and provides links to the websites of services providers that have created COVID-19-specific offers.
Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton, said, “Industry has further ramped up its efforts in recent weeks to ensure Australians stay connected during this crisis and have the services they need to remain productive when working or schooling from home,
“The industry will continue to work closely with the Government on business continuity plans as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve.”
“Keeping Australians Connected” will be further updated as circumstances change and new information becomes relevant.
Communications Alliance is the primary telecommunications industry body in Australia. Its membership is drawn from a wide cross-section of the communications industry, including carriers, carriage and internet service providers, content providers, search engines, equipment vendors, IT companies, consultants and business groups.
Its vision is to provide a unified voice for the telecommunications industry and to lead it into the next generation of converging networks, technologies and services. The prime mission of Communications Alliance is to promote the growth of the Australian communications industry and the protection of consumer interests by fostering the highest standards of business ethics and behaviour through industry self-governance. For more details about Communications Alliance, see www.commsalliance.com.au.
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