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Jul 15, 2014
Net Neutrality Enhances Quality of Life for Older Americans, Says AARP

Washington (July 15, 2014) — Abandoning net neutrality in favor of Internet “fast lanes” would jeopardize future innovation and core consumer protections, AARP said today in comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission.

AARP’s comments came in response to the FCC’s Notice for Proposed Rulemaking on Net Neutrality, also known as “Open Internet.”  Internet fast lanes, as proposed by Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, would allow providers to request more in payment for faster transmission of Internet content under certain conditions.

Fees would particularly disadvantage non-commercial use of the Internet, according to AARP, which would be to the detriment of older Americans and the public in general.  AARP noted that -- under the fast lane alternative -- areas such as home automation, medical monitoring, and other services that will support aging in place would be less competitive.

“The widespread availability of high quality and affordable broadband connections…is enabling new applications and services that are enhancing older American’s quality of life, including new methods of delivering healthcare and support for independent living,” said AARP.  “Policies to promote a vibrant and competitive Internet ecosystem are essential for the continuation of this success.”

Broadband service, which currently falls under Title I of the Communications Act, should be reclassified as a Title II telecommunications service, said AARP, in order to preserve a system of open access, facilitate broadband adoption and encourage innovation.


The full text of AARP’s filing with the FCC is available on the AARP website. AARP’s response to Net Neutrality

  

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CONTACT:
Mark Bagley
202.434.2504 or mbagley@aarp.org