Tallahassee, FL - Florida Senator, Arthenia Joyner, is calling for all cell phone providers within the state of Florida to suspend data overage charges for those areas affected by Hurricane Matthew.
Joyner said that in the aftermath of a major hurricane, internet-based information is crucial for those that have lost power and the loss of Wi-Fi services.
“As Floridians ready for evacuations or hunker down in their homes as this hurricane approaches, communication is more critical than ever,” Joyner said. “Data overage charges can not only be prohibitively expensive, but the last thing victims of this monster storm need to worry about. My goal is to keep them connected when Wi-Fi is down, and for most, using their cellular data will be the only way to do that.”
“The last time Florida was hit by a major hurricane, communications were not as heavily dependent on internet technology,” Joyner said. “As he continues to deliver storm updates and prepare emergency measures, I hope Gov. Scott agrees that these relief measures are needed to ensure that storm victims are kept abreast of the latest developments.”
Her plan is similar to the relief AT&T provided to Louisiana flood victims.
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