Residential Land Lines Could Be Discontinued in Michigan

By: Brian Johnson Email
By: Brian Johnson Email

A bill approved Thursday by the Michigan Senate 31 to 4 would allow phone companies, like AT&T, to discontinue residential land line service starting January 1, 2017.

Land line users would be given 90 days notice prior to cancellation of their service.

The bill received huge support by Michigan Senators.

AT&T says the legislation would eliminate red tape.

However, those who oppose the bill say there are not enough consumer safeguards in it. Opponents worry non-traditional service might not be reliable, or affordable.

Land line service has dropped significantly in Michigan over the last decade. In 2001, there were 6.8 million traditional phone lines compared to 2.6 million in 2012.

The bill now moves to the House.

Coming up on WILX News Ten at 6 p.m., what the Governor and House leadership have to say about the bill, and why the AARP is against it.

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