—     AT&T Holding Free Technology Training Sessions for Maine Seniors What:            AT&T tech experts will offer Maine seniors free personalized lessons on how to use smartphones, tablets or other handheld electronic devices. Whether they need help personalizing their new smartphones or they want to set up video-chatting software to stay in touch with their families, seniors will have the opportunity to sit one-on-one with an AT&T representative to learn how to master their mobile technology. The “Bring Your …

— Tell the House to vote “No” and Protect Kentucky Consumers – Now.   It flew through the Senate last week and now it’s on the fast-track in the House. If Senate Bill 99 passes, it could end your right to guaranteed access to reliable landline telephone service – especially if you live in an urban area. If lawmakers in Frankfort vote to deregulate basic telephone services, it could mean consumers, especially seniors over age 65, would have no legal guarantee …

— From the Detroit Free Press Bill Wayland is a self-described high-tech geek. He uses an iPhone, iPad, computer-aided tools for his woodworking and Google Cool maps. “I love all this stuff,” said the 71-year-old General Motors retiree. But he also wants to keep the landline phone in his Chesterfield Township home. He can’t get service on his cell phone in the workshop in his basement and said he often loses calls when he uses his cell phone in his office. …

— LANSING – An AARP Michigan call to action in opposition to a Senate bill that would allow AT&T to abandon its landline telephone service in the state spurred more than 500 AARP members to call their state Senators over the past several days. An email message was sent to members on Wednesday urging a call to their Senators to ask them to oppose Senate Bill 636. Since then, 524 callers have contacted the AARP Michigan legislative hotline, which connects them to …

— AARP Michigan strongly opposes Senate Bill 636, which would eliminate minimal consumer protections and cut landline service that is so important to seniors across the state, especially in rural areas. Kelli Fritts, AARP Michigan Interim State Director, said: “About 90 percent of households age 65 and older still subscribe to landline service. The landline is a lifeline for so many of our seniors. To eliminate it would mean social isolation and threaten the health and well-being of our older adults. …

— Following the recent storms, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning Ohioans to watch for traveling contractors who may try to take advantage of homeowners in need of assistance. “After severe weather hits, it’s important to be vigilant about home improvement scams,” Attorney General DeWine said. “Some contractors track storms so that they can travel to affected communities to offer their services to homeowners who experience damage. Unfortunately many of these ‘storm-chasers’ do not follow Ohio laws and do nothing …

— A majority of registered voters age 50 and older in Connecticut are unlikely to disconnect their landline service in the next 12 months and use their cell phone for all their telephone needs, according to a new survey released by AARP.  While cell phone usage is very high among this population (89%), 84 percent of respondents indicate they are not likely to drop their landline phones.  Respondents most often say they intend to keep their landlines because they want the security it …

— MEDIA CONTACT: Jen Millea, jmillea@aarp.org 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 …

Jim Kimbrough

— Opinion: Lexington Herald-Leader By Jim Kimbrough There will be no end to the slings and arrows aimed at the AARP when we stand up to special interest groups and their allies, as seen in a recent commentary (“AARP serves its bottom line, not Kentucky’s seniors,” Jan. 24).  In today’s corrosive and partisan driven political arena, any principled organization fighting for its mission and members is going to take some hits. For almost 55 years of staying true to its mission, …

— By Natalie Missakian, AARP Bulletin Although they own cellphones, Kathy and Leo Null would never voluntarily get rid of the landline at their Bridgewater home. To relay data to his cardiologist every few months, Leo, 67, must plug his pacemaker monitor into a landline jack. So when Kathy, 66, heard AT&T was pushing for legislation last year that would let companies drop landlines without regulatory approval, she volunteered to help AARP fight it. Read the full article.