CCP open letter to Government on SARS-CoV-2 outbreak response (Communications)

Here at Conference Call Providers (CCP) we are acutely aware of the implications that the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has for local and global communication. Following recent announcements from the UK Government on the steps they are taking to handle this outbreak, we voice our concerns of the lack of help provided to businesses to stay connected while most now need to work from home.

As noted in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s open letter to businesses dated 17th October 2019:

We fully agree with this; we are a forward looking, innovative country built on SMEs, but with the current pandemic which is bringing the country to its knees, now is the time like never before, to back businesses to keep open communication in the most effective ways possible.

Now we enter a period of 3 weeks lock down, we believe now is the time to act and ensure, like never before, businesses can communicate via the internet and telecoms in the most robust, and efficient ways possible – conference call service providers play a key role in this area.

As we recently noted through our usage reports, conference calling is surging in usage, and if Italy is anything to go by, not only the UK, but the entire world of business will be reliant on conference calls like never before.

We urge Prime Minister Boris Johnson and The Right Honourable Oliver Dowden – Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to consider a communications relief fund for at least the foreseeable future. We find ourselves at a cross roads, in extraordinary times. Not only could this relief fund make a genuine difference with how we all communicate, for at least the next 3 week, but the more that adopt electronic communication formats, the larger the positive impact that can come from long term use, ensuring we don’t go back to ‘business as normal‘ and make a real difference to climate change, ensuring the United Kingdom meets it’s climate change requirements.