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The country’s three major wireless carriers - AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile - will be shutting down their third-generation (3G) cellular networks in 2022 to make room for better fourth-generation (4G) and new fifth-generation (5G) services. As a result, many older phones will be unable to make or receive calls and text messages or use data services. This may also affect devices that rely on 3G connectivity, such as medical alert devices, tablets, smartwatches, in-car SOS services, Kindle readers, home security products and other devices that are dependent on 3G.
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High-speed internet is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity. And with the COVID-19 pandemic now entering its third year, access to affordable and reliable high-speed internet, also known as broadband, is essential to providing the connections Connecticut residents need to family, friends, health care providers, work and so much more.
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Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) provides new long-term assistance for those struggling to afford internet services.
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The manufacturing industry in Connecticut is booming and opening doors to opportunities. AARP Connecticut, as part of a multifaceted intergenerational approach to support the age 50 and older with an interest in continuing their education, has made a donation to The American Manufacturing Hall of Fame for older students enrolled in a Connecticut Community College manufacturing program.
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A library program that lends mobile hot spot devices to people in rural areas is expanding. 
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AARP NY Supports Tax Credits & Cost-Effective Investments to ‘Disrupt Disparities’ Impacting Rural NY as Recommended in New Research Report & Policy Paper
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The coronavirus pandemic forced millions of Americans to rely on the internet for their well-being. AARP Tennessee is advocating for improved internet access for the 400,000 Tennesseans who lack high-speed internet.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges across the country, and the programs funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) are designed to address those challenges including those related to expanding access to affordable, reliable high-speed internet service, also known as broadband.
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AARP supports the Texas Legislature appropriating $2 billion in ARPA funds to allocate accordingly to address all aspects of the digital divide.
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Internet connectivity can improve the problem of social isolation during the pandemic, and a new broadband benefit program can help by providing up to $50 monthly discounts for consumers who qualify, a representative from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said at an AARP teletown hall Aug. 31.
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