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Covid-19 pandemic: Law allows Internet bills to be deferred for months

Anyone who runs into financial difficulties due to the corona crisis does not have to pay their bill for the Internet and telecommunications. This comes from the law to mitigate the consequences of the Covid 19 pandemic, that on March 27, 2020 is advised in the Federal Council. In addition to other stipulations, it provides for a payment moratorium for telecommunications services. However, there is only a deferral of payment, consumers have to pay later.

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The Federal Association of Broadband Communication (Breko) therefore expects negative effects on fiber optic expansion in Germany. "Specifically, for many obligations, Article 240 of the Introductory Act to the Civil Code (EGBGB) establishes a temporary right to refuse performance until June 30, 2020, which currently covers claims in connection with contracts that are permanent obligations and were concluded before March 8, 2020 cannot meet because of the aftermath of the Covid 19 pandemic "said Breko spokesman Sven Knapp Golem.de on request. This is intended to help consumers whose household income has been temporarily or permanently reduced or has disappeared due to the pandemic.

It should be ensured that they would not be cut off, in particular from basic services such as telecommunications services, because they could not meet their payment obligations due to the crisis. The right to refuse performance is limited until June 30, 2020, but can be extended until September 30, 2020 at the latest.

The right to refuse performance must be asserted. A consumer who could not make payments because of the Covid 19 pandemic had to expressly rely on the right to refuse performance and also prove that he was temporarily unable to pay because of the Covid 19 pandemic, said Knapp.

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