Florida Senator Asks Telecom Companies to Provide Irma Rebates

(AP) — Florida Sen. Bill Nelson has asked the nation’s largest cable, telephone and internet providers for rebates to Hurricane Irma victims for service interruptions.

The Democratic U.S. senator also asked them Thursday for a 60-day moratorium on late fees and other penalties.

Nelson wrote to the CEOs of AT&T, CenturyLink, Charter Communications, Comcast, Cox Enterprises, Frontier Communications, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. In a statement, he called for them to “lend a helping hand to your fellow Americans-to help them meet their immediate needs without the added stress of excessive financial demands.”

His office cited Federal Communications Commission data showing that at least 8.1 million cable and wireline subscribers have lost service in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia because of Hurricane Irma. The FCC also reported that 18 percent of cell sites in Florida were out of service.

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