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Landlines Are Going Away…

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Landlines are going away….

Do you have a landline at your house? Here in Vero Beach, there are people who keep their landline, yet they rarely use it.  It’s just  easier and more efficient to just use their cell. In most cases e people maintain a landline out of habit. Don’t be mistled as I talk about landlines, I am not addressing the phone you have on your Cable Provider’s package plan. That is a VoIp phone connections. Most likely Comcast is  your telephone line provider, and there is NO line, it’s all wireless.

The major provider of Landlines has lost so much business since people began switching to VoIP and cells, they now want to discontinue that part of their business. It is probably way too expensive to maintain and the revenue is not what it used to be.

From MoneyTalks News:

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If you live in any of the U.S. states where AT&T is the primary phone carrier — prepare for a big change: Landline phone service might be going the way of the dinosaur.

According to the Chicago Tribune, state legislatures in 20 of those 21 states have given AT&T the OK to end landline service in their states so the telecommunications company can focus and invest more in wireless or internet-based phone networks. California is now the only holdout among states where AT&T is the legacy phone carrier.

In 2014, 2 in 5 U.S. households were mobile-only. Today, a majority of Americans (52 percent) live in cellphone-only households.

Paul La Schiazza, AT&T Illinois president, tells the Tribune:

“We’re investing in a technology that consumers have said they don’t want anymore, and wasting precious hundreds of millions of dollars that could be going to the new technologies that would do a better job of serving customers.”

Opponents of ending landline service say the move unfairly takes aim at America’s seniors, who disproportionately depend on their landline phone. Jim Chilsen is spokesman for the Citizens Utility Board, an Illinois nonprofit watchdog group that opposes AT&T’s plan to ditch the landline in the state. He tells the Tribune:

“Many seniors have told us that they trust landline service more than any other option. A landline doesn’t go out in an internet or power outage, it doesn’t need to be charged, it doesn’t need a battery backup, and it doesn’t leave 911 dispatchers guessing.

According to CBS, these are now the 20 states whose lawmakers voted to allow AT&T to end landline service:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin

You may have noticed that Florida is one of the states on this list. Are you prepared for when AT&T actually pull out of Florida? Give us a call, when can talk about how to move forward.

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