Increased supports from telecoms providers during Covid-19 - Dillon

Deputy Alan Dillon

Deputy Alan Dillon

Fine Gael TD for Mayo, Alan Dillon, has welcomed the announcement that all major telecoms providers have committed to a number of measures to help people stay in touch and work from home during Covid-19.

Deputy Dillon said: "Now more than ever, people in Mayo are relying on online services to stay in touch with family, friends and work colleagues. These commitments will make sure that all major providers are responding to this increased reliance, providing extra capacity where needed and ensuring people have the services they need to stay connected. These are common commitments and some operators may choose to offer extra services to their customers.”

The Covid-19 Consumer Commitments from major telecom providers in Ireland (including BT Ireland, Eir, Pure Telecom, Sky Ireland, Tesco Mobile Ireland, Three Ireland, Virgin Media Ireland and Vodafone ) are as follows: (1 ) Any fixed broadband customers who do not have unlimited usage already as standard will be given the opportunity, if they require, to upgrade their package (which may be on a temporary basis ), with their current service provider; (2 ) Any customer who does not have fixed broadband and who relies solely on mobile access to the Internet will have the opportunity to avail of affordable unlimited mobile data access/package from their service provider; (3 ) Fair usage policies will not be automatically applied to unlimited fixed and mobile data packages; (4 ) Service providers may implement appropriate permitted traffic management measures to avoid network congestion; (5 ) Access to healthcare and educational resource websites identified by the Government will be zero-rated for all customers where technically feasible; (6 ) So that customers can remain connected during the crisis, service providers will engage with any customer that contacts them who is in financial difficulty as a result of Covid-19 and has difficulty paying their bills, to agree the best way of keeping them connected to voice and data and (7 ) Service Providers will work with ComReg in the event of complaints raised to ComReg by consumers, who consider they are not being treated in accordance with these commitments.

"These commitments will be implemented by operators as soon as possible. Each service provider will provide details and implementation updates on their own website. The commitments will remain available to consumers until 30 June 2020 and will be reviewed in advance of that date if needed," according to Deputy Dillon.

Customers experiencing issues should contact their service provider in the first instance, before contacting ComReg’s Consumer Care Team at [email protected] 01 8049668 (from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm on Saturday, excluding public holidays ).

 

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