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MEDIA ADVISORY: AARP Telecom Deregulation Press Conference 2/21/13

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MEDIA CONTACT: Jen Millea, or 860-548-3164


 AARP Connecticut will hold a press conference on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. in Room 1A of the Legislative Office Building to oppose legislation (H.B. 6402) that would allow AT&T to drop competitive land line telephone service as defined by CT law in certain areas of the state, without a regulatory hearing or review. AARP opposes such efforts and is working to protect competitive telephone land line service for statewide customers who rely on it for safety and security.  Advocates will also discuss opposition to legislation (H.B. 6401) that would prohibit future state regulation of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) if allowed under federal rules.  Both bills are being considered by the Energy and Technology Committee at a public hearing later that day.


WHO:              AARP policy expert, Coralette Hannon; AARP State Director, Nora Duncan; State Representative Matthew Lesser; Connecticut Citizens Action Group, Communications Workers of America, CT Working Families, Legal Assistance Resource Center, Common Cause Connecticut.


WHAT:           Press conference to oppose H.B. 6401 and H.B. 6402 - legislation that would adversely impact telephone and video/cable consumers in Connecticut


WHEN:           Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.


WHERE:         Room 1A, Legislative Office Building, Hartford, CT


WHY:              Telephone communication is a basic necessity, allowing older people to maintain social contact, preserve health and safety, and gain assistance in an emergency.  People age 65 and older are more likely than any other age group to have land line telephone service in their home.  Learn more .


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