Viasat has partnered with American Express, along with other companies, under the Stand For Small program to support millions of small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, Viasat reported on Monday.
“Our goal is to help small businesses thrive in their communities by enabling them to reliably stay online and connected to customers, partners and prospects," Cody Catalena, Viasat's vice president and general manager of Global Business Solutions, commented.
The Stand for Small initiative will provide support and access to business-critical services, offers, tools and expertise and benefits through a centralized, digital platform. The resources will assist small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis and recovery efforts.
Viasat’s partnership will also help business owners reduce operating expenses, manage teams remotely and enhance digital capabilities. Viasat will provide discounted satellite-enabled business internet services to new U.S. small business customers.
The company’s business internet service covers 96 percent of the U.S. population, and offers a variety of unlimited and metered data plans with download speeds up to 100 Mbps.
Viasat has also implemented a number of initiatives to help U.S. small businesses stay connected during the COVID-19 crisis, including grants to help make their businesses more resilient and the FCC's 'Keep Americans Connected' program.
The company has also optimized its satellite communications network when businesses turned to work-from-home environments, prioritizing real-time business communications applications, network storage and other business-critical online tools.
"We're proud to participate in the Stand for Small effort, joining American Express and other leading companies, to help small businesses endure and adapt during these difficult times,” added Catalena.
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