Consumer Seminar: How The Internet Can Benefit Older Americans

9:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT
Commission Meeting Room at FCC headquarters at 445 12th Street SW, Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau hosted a free Senior Digital Literacy Day seminar, How the Internet Can Benefit Older Americans in the Commission Meeting Room at FCC headquarters at 445 12th Street SW, Washington D.C. 20554.

Seniors, and those who work with and/or care for seniors, were invited to attend and learn about how Broadband (high speed Internet services) can benefit older Americans. Panelists, including representatives from the FCC, communications companies and non-profit organizations focused on the many ways the Internet can benefit seniors, with emphasis on its safe and secure use. The seminar included interactive demonstrations of electronic devices, such as cell phones, tablets, iPads, desktops and e-readers, and user-friendly computer programs that can benefit Seniors.

For additional information about this event, please contact Anthony Butler by email: Anthony.Butler@fcc.gov or by phone: 202.418.2372.


9:30 am - 9:40 am  Opening Remarks by FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn

9:40 am - 9:55 am  Top Tools for Older Adults: Four Strategies for Making the Most of Broadband.   Thomas Kamber, PhD, Executive Director, Older Adults Technology Services (OATS)

9:55 am - 10:10 am  Safety, Security, and Privacy Online: Tips and Tools for Older Adults.   Debra Berlyn, Executive Director, The Project to Get Older Americans onLine (GOAL)

10:10 am - 10:20 am  Questions and Answers

10:20 am - 10:25 am  Video -- Connected Living Program to Get Seniors Online

10:25 am - 10:30 am  Remarks from Representatives of American Library Association and AARP

10:30 am - 11:15 am  FCC’s Technology Experience Center and hands-on learning with the Geek Squad

11:15 am - 11:45 am  Break

11:45 am - 12:00 pm  Demonstrations by Telikin and First Street Computer Hardware

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm  Demonstration by MyGait Computer Software

12:15 pm - 12:30 pm  Closing Remarks

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