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Now that Legislators Have Passed Broadband Legislation, AARP Mississippi Will Be Offering Related Workshops across the State


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(OPEN):
GOVERNOR BRYANT RECENTLY SIGNED INTO LAW THE "MISSISSIPPI BROADBAND-ENABLING ACT"--WHICH ALLOWS THE STATE'S ELECTRIC-POWER ASSOCIATIONS TO PROVIDE BROADBAND SERVICES.  THIS WAS A LEGISLATIVE PRIORITY FOR "A-A-R-P MISSISSIPPI".  AND NOW, THE GROUP WILL OFFER RELATED WORKSHOPS, THIS SUMMER--ACROSS THE STATE.  KIMBERLY L- CAMPBELL, ESQUIRE, IS ITS STATE-DIRECTOR...

(CAMPBELL):
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RIGHT NOW, 60-PERCENT OF RURAL MISSISSIPPIANS DON'T HAVE BROADBAND ACCESS.  AND, EXPANDING IT IS AN IMPORTANT QUALITY-OF-LIFE ISSUE:  HIGH-SPEED INTERNET CAN PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES TO USE TELEHEALTH, DISTANCE-LEARNING, AND OTHER TECHNOLOGIES.  IT CAN ALSO HELP COMBAT SOCIAL ISOLATION, AMONG OLDER RESIDENTS.  THIS LEGISLATION CHANGES A LAW FROM 19-42, UNDER WHICH ELECTRIC-POWER ASSOCIATIONS COULD ONLY PROVIDE ELECTRICITY.  NOW, THEY CAN ALSO OWN, BUILD, MAINTAIN, AND OPERATE BROADBAND SYSTEMS."

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FOR MORE ABOUT BROADBAND EXPANSION, AND THIS SUMMER'S WORKSHOPS, VISIT "A-A-R-P"-DOT-ORG-SLASH-"M-S"--OR CALL 1-866-554-5382.



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