The Federal Trade Commission should strengthen the Telemarketing Sales Rule.
Consumers should be protected against spam e-mail. Policymakers should prohibit misrepresentation of the sender, subject, or content of an e-mail.
Policymakers should establish rights and protections for customers who face possible termination of service.
Policymakers should prohibit fees for the disconnection or reconnection of customers. If fees are allowed, they should be based on actual utility costs.
Policymakers should ensure strong consumer protections against unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts and practices related to Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans.
State policymakers in deregulated states should make standard offer service the default for residential customers. It should be stable, predictable, and affordable.
State policymakers should establish a definition of “universal service” for the energy industry that is similar to the one in the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
Policymakers should create assistance programs to ensure that all households with low incomes can afford adequate water and sewer service. These programs should be fully funded.
Policymakers should ensure that personal delivery devices are deployed in a manner that supports pedestrian safety and accessibility, including for older adults and people with disabilities.
Congress should provide financial incentives for design modifications that improve the travel environment for older adults.