Friday, April 13, 2012
In many states, telecom companies can or want the right to end landline service
Telecommunications companies are lobbying to have the right to end reasonably priced landline service to homes, at least in areas with good broadband and wireless coverage.
The basic story “Landline rules frustrate telecoms” appears in the Friday April 13 Washington Post, front page, link
Florida, Texas, North Carolina and Wisconsin already absolve telecom companies of responsibility for providing service in cell or broadband covered areas. Ohio, Indiana, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi. Kentucky, and California have considered such measures.
There are concerns about low-income residents, and whether a cellular and broadband system could stay up during a terrorist attack or major catastrophe.
Telecom companies have been considering terminating service of those with many accusations of illegal downloading.