New law targets increased broadband access for Illinois seniors

A new law seeks to increase Illinois seniors’ access to high-speed Internet and provide more convenience with permanent identification cards. 

The Broadband Advisory Council was created by House Bill 5752, and is charged with exploring new ways to expand broadband access, commonly known as “high-speed internet,” throughout the state, targeting unserved and underserved areas. Proponents say senior citizens would benefit from the resources and support offered on online platforms, such as telehealth, “smart home” system and home-based smart medical services. 

Just under four-in-10 people aged 65 and older have high-speed internet access in their homes, compared to 77 percent of the 30- to 49-year-old demographic, according to AARP Illinois’ most recent data.

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