The Craig Fahle Show

Cutting the Cord: Have Landlines Outlived Their Purpose?

Monday, November 18, 2013

From the Detroit Free Press... State Senator Mike Nofs (R-Battle Creek) who sponsored the Michigan telecommunications bill (Senate Bill 636) that could eliminate landline phone service in the future told the Detroit Free press, “The real question is how do you keep both systems up and running and invest in the new technology which everyone is going to — and will be at within five to seven years? ...Keeping up that infrastructure is costly.” According to AARP Senate Bill 636 would eliminate minimal consumer protections and cut landline service that is so important to seniors across the state, especially in rural areas. Kelli Fritts, AARP Michigan Interim State Director, said: “...The landline is a lifeline for so many of our seniors. To eliminate it would mean social isolation and threaten the health and well-being of our older adults. Don’t cut the cord.”

Michigan Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief, Rick Pluta, talks to the Craig Fahle Show about what the bill could really mean for the future of phonelines in Michigan.

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AARP Response to Senate Bill 636

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