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SENIORS SHOULD BE CAUTIOUS ABOUT ‘NET NEUTRALITY’
Most seniors will recall that for decades, telecommunication services were closely regulated…the “phone” companies were monopolies and consumers looked to government to set rates and define services. For several years we have functioned with a substantially deregulated telecommunication industry. During this time competition has increased, service has expanded, and prices have come down. New products and devices have changed our lives. In the past few years broadband and Internet use among older Californians has skyrocketed. After lagging behind other demographic groups, more than three-quarters of seniors now regularly use the Internet to get information, stay in touch, even to make purchases or pay bills. Seniors may not play games or surf the web like younger generations, but it has proven to be a boon for elderly people with limited mobility. It’s helped prevent isolation that results in depression and opens the door to abuse. And a few of us do love to surf the web. Like every other consumer group, seniors have benefited from innovation and competition. Consumers, not government agencies, have determined who succeeds in the Internet world.
Today, information is at the heart of our economic and social well-being. It has produced billions of dollars of economic activity for millions of people. More than any other group, seniors rely on a healthy economy and full employment to help finance essential programs and services. Information is key, and who provides it and who receives it are at the heart of the ‘net neutrality’ debate. Do we leave it to the innovators or to the government regulators?
The Internet that connects us to information has benefited from remarkable innovation and investment. The Federal Communications Commission should step lightly and cautiously in revamping access to the Internet through new regulations that tilt the marketplace in response to political pressure. Seniors with many years of life experiences should take the attitude that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”
The President’s suggestion to impose government regulations to create winners and losers could make losers of us all.
For more than 30 years, the Congress of California Seniors has been a strong voice for millions of California seniors, their families and their communities. This website is one of the many ways we keep people informed about important CCS event
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