Technology has given us incredible improvements for our everyday life, making everything from texting a friend in an unsafe situation to recording your favorite television show, possible.
With the invention of the computer, we began storing our documents on it to free up our filing cabinets. However, even with this amazing, new technology, we all keep a hard copy on paper of our important documents such as a birth certificate, social security card, and passport. So with all this technology, why do we still keep the “old-fashioned” method of paper as back-up? The reason is clear: newer technology—while it can be wonderful—can also be unreliable.
AARP is excited for innovations to come, however it also understands that we can’t just abandon reliability for the sake of “progress”. Especially when it may not be progress at all. Landline phones allow us to call 911 even after days without power, and use medical alert systems when we can’t reach the phone. We need to have the option of using traditional, reliable landline phones. It’s common sense. This is why AARP supports A2459/S278 which establishes one-year moratorium on the replacement of copper-based landline telephone service with wireless telephone service.