AARP Mississippi: HB 825 would hurt seniors
Senate kills bill similar to "The AT&T Bill"
Jackson, MS - AARP applauds the decision of the Senate Energy Committee to effectively kill SB 2778, "The AT&T Bill," at yesterday's committee action deadline.
However, the House version of "The AT&T Bill," HB 825, passed out of committee and will soon come up for a vote before the full House. AARP Mississippi strongly opposes HB 825 as it fails to provide adequate protection to seniors, especially those living on limited fixed incomes and those living in rural areas that rely on single-use land lines.
According to Kurt Hellmann, Director of Government Affairs for AARP Mississippi, "If HB 825 passes, then seniors, people in rural areas and others will be left abandoned by the State of Mississippi when it comes to making sure they have reliable phone service at a price they can afford. AT&T wants to be released from any form of supervision by the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC), the duly elected body responsible for regulating Mississippi utilities. Without oversight by the PSC, AT&T will be free to drop customers on fixed and low incomes, those in hard-to-serve locations, and those for whom the cost of service does not justify continued service absent the legal obligation to do so. This is unacceptable. AARP is urging its membership to contact their representatives and ask them to defeat HB 825."
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(Contact: Ronda Gooden, 601-206-1850 office, 601-209-1812 cell, RGooden@aarp.org)