An earthquake that marked a magnitude of 5.5 in richer scale struck Italy on 24 August at about 8 A.M. It is reported that the death toll has passed 240 and rescue efforts are still going on. In light of the disastrous quake, Altice USA has announced that they will allow their landline users to place free calls to Italy.
Altice USA, which recently acquired Cablevision, is the main cable TV provider in Morris County. They are offering the same suite of Optimum brand – TV, phone, and Internet, that Cablevision offered previously to businesses and homeowners in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. As per recent reports, Altice USA will also offer the same service to their Suddenlink business and home users, as they have also acquired Suddenlink and cover many portions of states in Midwest.
The free call facility will be available until Sunday. The free calls can be done to both mobiles and landlines in Italy, said Altice in a statement. Users of Altice landline phones are normally allowed unlimited free calls in continental US, but they will need to pay a scheduled charge to call foreign countries. Optimum Cablevision typically charges a rate of two cents per minute for international landline calls and 5.7 cents per minute for calls that are made to mobile phones.
“Our thoughts are with all those impacted by the earthquakes in Italy, and we hope this will help our Optimum and Suddenlink customers connect with their loved ones during this difficult time,” the company wrote in the statement.
Altice USA, which is a subsidiary of Altice Group, has become the fourth largest cable provider in the US after they acquired Cablevision. They are now delivering their services to about 4.6 million business and home users in the country. Altice Group is based at Netherlands and they had announced previous year about their plans to acquire New York based Cablevision. The deal was finalized on 21 June and the acquisition was done for an amount of 17.7 billion dollars.