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Preserving the landlines

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 AARP is fighting to preserve reliable phone service for the elderly and other citizens who rely on landline service for emergency purposes and to stay connected to their family, friends and communities.

Telephone service is a basic necessity, particularly for older adults, who are more likely than any other age group to rely on landline service to maintain social contact and preserve health and safety.

Competition in the telecommunications market can give consumers real choices and can promote their economic well-being.

But competition should come with accountability and established consumer protections, especially for elderly and other vulnerable citizens. Consumers need telephone service that is affordable, reliable and accessible -- conditions that often cannot be met by wireless service alone, particularly in rural areas of the country.

Advances in technology have changed the telecommunications industry, but policymakers must remain mindful of their commitment to ensuring that all residents have access to affordable, reliable landline telephone service.

Contact your legislators and Governor Beshear and tell Frankfort to keep landline phone service affordable and reliable.

It’s the right thing to do.

Mt Washington AARP

Bill Harned

brharned@aol.com