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People of all ages need and deserve to have affordable, reliable and high-quality telecommunications and energy service where they live and work. It is essential to health, economic welfare and overall quality of life.
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High-speed internet connectivity promises major benefits for many older Americans.
Older low-income households will struggle to pay heating costs during the 2014-2015 winter heating season.
A high-speed Internet connection increases the potential for older adults to live independently and comfortably in their own homes. Yet, few older adults have a fast Internet connection at home.
A look at the important connection between affordable home energy and health. An AARP Public Policy Institute Research Report by Lynne Snyder and Christopher Baker.
For nearly a century, affordable phone service has made our society safer, more productive and more inclusive. In recent decades, the emergence of high-speed Internet technologies and other advances have generated an array of new and better services, often leading to profound social and economic benefits. In fact, when affordable high-speed connectivity is widely available, a community has a critical resource to support residents of all ages. It also has an economic development tool to attract and retain businesses and jobs, and vital infrastructure to improve health care, education, and public safety.
The Increasing Potential of High-Speed Internet Connectivity
Enabling the Benefits of High-Speed Internet Access
An Analysis of 2012 Utility Expenditures by Older Consumers
Consumer Switching Costs for Wireless Telephone Service
A Cellphone-Only World? Not So Fast
High-Speed Networks Create an Age-Friendly Advantage
Ensuring Affordable, Reliable Communications Services
Cell Phone Service Spending Increasing for Older Consumers
More States Hang Up on Telecom Complaints
Community Digs Deep for Superfast Broadband
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For many older people in low- and moderate-income households, high and unpredictable home energy prices endanger financial security. Unaffordable energy expenses may also jeopardize stable home heating and cooling. Such exposure can lead to a host of adverse health outcomes, ranging from the aggravation of chronic health conditions to food spoilage to premature death. Affordable and reliable utility service is vital to ensure that residents with diverse needs and abilities remain independent and actively engaged in community life.
2013–2014 Winter Heating Costs for Older Households
Affordable Home Energy and Health: Making the Connections
Replacing the Nation’s Deteriorating Water Infrastructure
Energy and Telephone Assistance in the States
The Heat Is on Summer Electric Bills
High Utility Expenditures a Concern for Older Consumers
Rising Water Rates Concern Older Consumers
Rising Propane Prices, Shortages Add to Winter Woes
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