Don’t force them to go paperless in the land of the free

land of the free Dont force them to go paperless in the land of the freeYes, she lip synced, but still, hearing Beyoncé sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Obama’s inauguration was awe-inspiring. Especially the final line (you know, “O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”) is food for goose bumps. Americans do love their freedom. So don’t force them to go paperless. Consumers for Paper Options, the name says it all, applauds a new Congressional resolution to protect access to paper-based options for government services and information.

Not everyone has access to internet

“Federal efforts to eliminate paper-based services and information are disenfranchising millions of Americans, including senior citizens, lower income Americans and those who are concerned about cyber-threats,” said John Runyan, executive director of Consumers for Paper Options. “More than 30 million American households lack Internet access both at home and at work, and yet our government expects all citizens to e-file tax forms, manage their finances online and purchase savings bonds electronically.“

Duty to serve every citizen

Runyan continues, “It’s time for Congress to step in and protect equal and appropriate information access for all Americans. We are pleased to see Reps. Duffy and Michaud leading the charge to make federal agencies accountable for their decisions, and to defend the right for Americans to receive government information in whatever means they choose. The federal government has a duty to serve every citizen, regardless of which side of the digital divide they inhabit.”

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