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CenturyLink, a telecommunications company serving nearly 30,000 Wyoming households, has petitioned the Wyoming Public Service Commission (PSC) to deregulate landline service in the state. If it is approved, residential customers who now pay, on average, $23 per month for landline service could face higher bills or be forced to move to a more expensive wireless plan.
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Thousands of older Illinoisans prefer to stay in their own homes and communities, surrounded by their loved ones, friends, and neighbors, and receive the services they need in order to remain independent and age with dignity .
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AT&T pushed through the Illinois General Assembly a bill that would put an end to all landline telephone services without an alternative.
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Under a revision of the Wyoming Telecommunications Act, state residents will continue to have the right to affordable, reliable landline service, no matter where they live. That right may be particularly important in Wyoming’s vast rural areas where cellular service is spotty. Many Wyomingites rely on landline service as their only means of communication.
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Column by AARP Colorado State Director Morie Smile
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As the telecommunications industry transitions from traditional copper-wire phone service to new technologies, an AARP survey finds support among residents age 50+ for the state to continue its regulatory oversight of the industry in Connecticut, and ensure basic consumer protections for all customers, regardless of what technology is used.
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The Connecticut Mirror will host a special Google Hangout with House leaders on Thursday, December 4, 2014 in advance of the 2015 legislative session. The event is sponsored by AARP Connecticut and will begin at 11 a.m. on ctmirror.org.  The video also will be posted at this link to view later.
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Over strong opposition from AARP, the Colorado Legislature passed sweeping changes as to how phone companies can do business in 2014 and beyond. These new laws — called “telecom deregulation” — may change the type of phone service available to you, how much you pay for the service, and whether you can get help from the state if you have a serious problem. Here’s what you need to know:
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AARP Connecticut has submitted testimony on legislation being considered by the Connecticut General Assembly's Energy and Technology Committee (H.B. 5413) that would direct the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to investigate the feasibility of modernizing telecommunications service in Connecticut.  AARP feels the legislation is unneccesary given PURA's ability to open a docket whenever it chooses.  If the Legislature moves forward with such legislation, we recommend that it include language that would require PURA to prepare and submit a report to the Legislature after gathering critical market information and conducting their investigation in a contested proceeding.  
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