As if heeding Winston Churchill's suggestion to "never let a good crisis go to waste," some of the nation's biggest telecom providers are putting the coronavirus front and center in their latest advertising efforts.
Replete with phrases such as "in times like these" and "now more than ever," the ads almost universally combine images of stuck-at-home students and office workers with narration about the importance of staying connected, girded by an uplifting piano track.
The ads, issued during the past week or so from providers including T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, Cox Business and C Spire, have been aired thousands of times around the country, according to data from TV-advertisement tracking company iSpot. Wave7 Research – which closely monitors the US wireless industry – first reported on the trend.
Here's a selection of some of the most prominent ads: