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Feb 5, 2015
Net Neutrality Sustains Support Services, Says AARP
Favors Reclassification of Broadband as a Public Utility

WASHINGTON, DC—A draft outline of regulations for Internet service providers, introduced today by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, would preserve important consumer protections and innovation, according to AARP.

Wheeler’s proposal would regulate Internet service, including mobile broadband, as a public utility under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act.  While still awaiting the entire scope of the proposed rule, AARP had urged Title II reclassification in comments filed with the FCC last year. 

“The unfettered competition which has existed on the Internet to date has led to innovations in home automation, medical monitoring and other services which support aging-in-place,” said Nancy LeaMond, Executive Vice President, State and National Group, AARP.  “Today’s proposal, which would maintain net neutrality, facilitates continued development of these types of services for the benefit of the 50+ population and other consumers.”

In its comments filed with the FCC last July 15, AARP said, “The widespread availability of high quality and affordable broadband connections -- both fixed and mobile -- is enabling new applications and services that are enhancing older Americans’ quality of life, including new methods of delivering healthcare and

support for independent living. Policies to promote a vibrant and competitive Internet ecosystem are essential for the continuation of this success.”  

FCC commissioners will vote on adoption of the proposal at the FCC’s Feb. 26 open meeting.

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