Zoom Is Helping Schools Closing Due to Coronavirus for Free
In recent days, governments and school boards across the country are making the difficult decision to close schools, the result of the outbreak of COVID-19 illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Zoom Video Communications (NASDAQ: ZM) is stepping in to help. The company announced yesterday that it was providing its videoconferencing tools to K-12 schools for free.
Zoom already has free accounts, but CEO Eric Yuan went further. Zoom first removed the time limits from complementary accounts for users in regions affected by the outbreak. Then, the company removed any limitations for public schools in Japan, Italy, and the U.S., with more countries being added. "Given that many K-12 schools are starting closing, we decided to offer Zoom access to all K-12 schools in the country starting tomorrow," Yuan wrote in an email overnight.