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The Podium

Wednesday, May 30

Keeping Grandma Connected

By Brad

One major concern as the world shifts from wired to wireless communication is the effect that shift will have on the elderly. Thankfully, a new study out of Georgetown University, “The Wireless Revolution: Are The Elderly Keeping Up?” finds positive signs for America’s seniors. From the study:

In sum, the data that we have examined provide considerable comfort that elderly households are not as vulnerable to advancing communications technologies as some may fear or have posited. Indeed, elderly households — similar to all other U.S. households — appear to increasingly see value in wireless services and are transitioning rapidly to adopt a portfolio of wireless and landline telephones. This demonstrated propensity to transition to wireless telephony means that elderly households, together with the massively mobile remainder of society, are powerful agents to ensure that telecommunications services remain competitively and affordably priced in the 21st century.

There’s much more worth digging in to. The full report (PDF) is available here.

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