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Some phone companies
seek to end landline service

Des Moines Register, by Marco Santana

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Posted By:MissMolly, 3/31/2013 6:08:23 AM

DES MOINES, Iowa -- As more telephone customers cut the cord and shift service to wireless or Internet-based options, some major telephone companies have asked the federal government to pull the plug on the old-fashioned service. They say regulations that require maintenance of outdated, little-used infrastructure hinders progress because it ties up money that could otherwise be invested in technology upgrades. But some small companies question the motivation behind the push, saying it is likely a self-serving effort to allow those major companies to run wild in a relatively new, far-less-regulated Internet-based telephone environment.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: chumley, 3/31/2013 6:39:26 AM     (No. 9252102)

I cant get a cell signal at my place, so I´m grateful for the old landline. Internet is iffy because the satellite goes in and out with the weather. It is very expensive and not very reliable.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rakasha, 3/31/2013 7:25:41 AM     (No. 9252135)

...bringing holdouts along quickly...

What a sweet way of saying that you will be assimilated.

I´m getting more and more annoyed by the idea/attitude that everyone has - or must be forced onto - the internet. It strikes me that if everyone is using internet based phone communications, then Government will not have to worry about dealing with recalcitrant companies that refuse to give up their customers´ private conversation information because of that doubly pesky Constitution.

Yeah, I know. I´ll go put my hat back on.

´´There has to be some way to bring everybody together,´´ Boucher said. ´´The petition acknowledges the need to leave no one behind.´´

´´Your will is no longer your own´´

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Country Boy, 3/31/2013 7:37:55 AM     (No. 9252147)

If your phone company is also an Internet Service Provider (a lot are), what´s the advantage to dropping the land lines?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: CyberMom, 3/31/2013 8:04:17 AM     (No. 9252170)

During recent power outages, our landline phone was the only phone working. Cell phone was nonexistent. Keep the landlines.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 3/31/2013 8:06:56 AM     (No. 9252173)

Verizon is trying to move everyone with FIOS service to FIOS phones. However, the phone has battery backup in case of power failure for only about 8 hours, then it´s dead.

During Sandy, we had no power for nearly two weeks. Our old copper land line, as they call it, worked the whole time.

Twice our land line service has been out for WEEKS due to Verizon´s summarily cutting off our "copper line" in an effort to make us accept the FIOS phone. Both times, dealing with the company was a nightmare.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 3/31/2013 9:51:57 AM     (No. 9252351)

Landlines also provide some privacy, as opposed to cell phones which leave an electronic record of every number dialed.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Yosemite Sam, 3/31/2013 9:57:18 AM     (No. 9252361)

Ever try to find a payphone nowadays?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: southernboy, 3/31/2013 10:03:36 AM     (No. 9252372)

Well, if this is the case I can’t help but wonder the reason and purpose of the installation of underground telephone cable on every cow-path of a road I see. As far as I can tell, it’s not operational yet, and isn’t connected to subscribers……but it is installed.

I asked a sub-contractor working on it if it was bringing Internet access. He said ‘not really. We’re just replacing the old above-ground cables…but there is a fibre-optic ‘wire´ included in the cable.´

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Reply 9 - Posted by: nonsense, 3/31/2013 10:07:03 AM     (No. 9252379)

Wouldn´t this result in unemployment for unionized telephone workers?

Why is the The Center for Disease Control and Prevention tracking landline usage? Does this make any sense?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: OhMy, 3/31/2013 11:11:34 AM     (No. 9252463)

After your POTS phone line gets to a switch the call is now on a digital network. The change only brings the digital right to the subscriber. How much you use is up to the subscriber. If you want security at that point install end to end encryption of the connection.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: glcinpdx, 3/31/2013 1:39:38 PM     (No. 9252656)

They can pry the Tip and Ring from my Cold Dead Hands!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: bob913, 3/31/2013 2:03:09 PM     (No. 9252688)

Magicjack - new product - no computer needed. $29.95 a year
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Reply 13 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 4/1/2013 1:17:34 AM     (No. 9253170)

My landline is really expensive thanks to taxes, but in extreme weather, it´s all that works. Some of the other phones won´t dial three digit numbers.

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