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So Long Landline? Senate Bill Could Cut the Cord
Fox Channel 8, Cleveland ^ | 9:10 pm, March 26, 2012 | Emily Valdez

Posted on 03/28/2012 4:03:14 PM PDT by jonascord

Landline telephones could soon be a thing of the past in parts of Ohio if a senate bill passes.

“I would not like it too much. I think landlines are important and I have to make a lot of long distance calls,” said Jerry Viola.

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(Excerpt) Read more at fox8.com ...


TOPICS: Ohio; Parties
KEYWORDS: stupidity; wireless
The sponsors in the Ohio Senate seem to be mostly Republicans. It's nice to know they, too, are for sale...
1 posted on 03/28/2012 4:03:21 PM PDT by jonascord
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To: jonascord

Haven’t used a landline in years, except for my fax, but this should be decided by the marketplace, not by gov’t.


2 posted on 03/28/2012 4:10:55 PM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: jonascord
I have both a landline, at home, and a cell phone, for mobile usage.

They still don't have the GPS on cell phones to the point that they can pinpoint your location to an address. They can come close, but close is within a block.

I keep the landline on a limited plan, basically for emergency and power outage use.

3 posted on 03/28/2012 4:14:39 PM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Just another Joe

The GPS on my (fairly old) Blackberry can pinpoint me to different parts of the house.


4 posted on 03/28/2012 4:17:22 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: lacrew

How large is your house?


5 posted on 03/28/2012 4:19:26 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: lacrew

My Galaxy Note can also pinpoint me in either end of my house.


6 posted on 03/28/2012 4:19:37 PM PDT by Naplm
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To: umgud

If I understand this correctly, the bill removes the requirement forcing phone companies to provide landline service. They still can provide the service if they wish. This move would seem to make the market more free, thus allowing the market to decide.


7 posted on 03/28/2012 4:24:31 PM PDT by Henry Hnyellar
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To: jonascord

Hussein’s going after landlines because they’re dependable in an emergency. Cell phone and internet service is spotty at best here so I gladly pay for landline. What about all those jobs he’s closing out? This is just one more thing “they” are taking away from us.


8 posted on 03/28/2012 4:26:54 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Henry Hnyellar

I could live with that.


9 posted on 03/28/2012 4:27:55 PM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: jonascord

Cell phone doesn’t work well in our home, plus the REAL (not a portable phone) land line works best in emergencies.

Don’t think they should do away with the landlines.Senior citizens often don’t use cell phones.


10 posted on 03/28/2012 4:28:31 PM PDT by madison10
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To: madison10

Plus we get the internet at home over the copper lines. There’s a ton of copper infrastructure out there that could be better utilized.


11 posted on 03/28/2012 4:32:06 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: jonascord

With 75% still on landlines it’s too soon but it won’t be long.

They ought to move to a grandfathered-only/hardship exception arrangement soon.

People can call their emergency services and just tell them what the address is for their phone number- which will show up when they call.

The phone companies will make a mint selling that copper.


12 posted on 03/28/2012 4:33:00 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: jonascord

I have a cell phone that uses a copper line. How will this bill effect me, when I am in traffic, trailing a phone cord 23 miles one-way?


13 posted on 03/28/2012 4:34:33 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Shut up and drill.)
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To: umgud

Out of the 23 years with ATT I never heard of “landline”....We referred to it as a “lan (local access network) line”....


14 posted on 03/28/2012 4:35:44 PM PDT by geege
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To: Lazamataz

No effect until you make a U-turn.


15 posted on 03/28/2012 4:36:27 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Henry Hnyellar

“make the market more free”

Yeah, but deregulation has all the pitfalls of regulation.

though I agree with the intent this bill (just going by the news article) seems too sudden to me and would have unintended consequences.


16 posted on 03/28/2012 4:37:45 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: geege

When I worked for Ma Bell (C&P) we called it ‘the phone line’...


17 posted on 03/28/2012 4:40:43 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Just another Joe

I had a land line until recently. The reason it was discontinued was my land line was also my DSL connection. The provider was AT&T, one of the most incompetent companies on the planet.


18 posted on 03/28/2012 4:42:27 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (FUBO, the No Talent Pop Star pResident.)
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To: Paladin2

That copper should be given over to the meth freaks.

That would be BO giving to the underclass.


19 posted on 03/28/2012 4:42:43 PM PDT by Scrambler Bob (If you could read my mind ... just count up the felonies!)
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To: mrsmith

When I worked with NY Tele we called it a “loop”....


20 posted on 03/28/2012 4:43:34 PM PDT by geege
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To: mrsmith

Actually there was a specific term used on work orders that i don’t remember lo these 40 years later.

That’s gonna bother me now.


21 posted on 03/28/2012 4:43:38 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: madison10

Plus we get the internet at home over the copper lines. There’s a ton of copper infrastructure out there that could be better utilized.


22 posted on 03/28/2012 4:47:48 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Naplm

How are you liking the Note?


23 posted on 03/28/2012 4:53:53 PM PDT by Codeflier (Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama - 4 democrat presidents in a row and counting...)
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To: jonascord

Geez, what’s with the two sentence teaser that doesn’t even tell us why land lines are disappearing? I understand the copyright restrictions (is there one for this TV station?), but some background (even if it were in your comment) would be helpful.


24 posted on 03/28/2012 5:12:35 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: lacrew
The GPS on my (fairly old) Blackberry can pinpoint me to different parts of the house.

So when you dial 911 on your cell phone the emergency service people know what your address is?

I may have misspoke about the GPS ability.

If you have a GPS application on your phone it may be able to pinpoint you but when they are triangulating your signal from cell towers it is not that close.

25 posted on 03/28/2012 5:25:45 PM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: jonascord

The telephone poles around here are full of fifty year old telephone lines that are no good. They leave them in place, I guess they still have value on the books. They haven’t installed any new lines in those fifty years, and when a “pair” goes out, it takes the phone guy an hour to find a replacement pair. We’re in a dense suburb, less than a mile from the telco office. There are five 2” cables on the poles. The telco can’t wait to abandon this business.


26 posted on 03/28/2012 5:41:41 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Just another Joe

I haven’t tried the 911 call to find out. My phone just uses the radio and towers to show me my location. Nothing special, as far as I know.


27 posted on 03/28/2012 6:05:20 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Paladin2

Let’s just say I won’t be on ‘MTV Cribs’ anytime soon. I just tried it, in the middle of a thunderstorm here....blinking blue dot in my living room.


28 posted on 03/28/2012 6:11:23 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: lacrew
I went outside with my Garmin and found that the 5th longitude decimal place incremented with ~each pace I made in the westward direction. The device claimed a +/- 26 ft accuracy, but did monotonically increase the value with each pace.

Accuracy vs. precision I suppose.

29 posted on 03/28/2012 6:16:44 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: jonascord

>> seem to be mostly Republicans

Plenty of assholes in both parties.


30 posted on 03/30/2012 12:35:34 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: jonascord

Heh...
I have a feeling a lot of people with monitored home alarm systems are not going to be pleased.
My alarm system is the only reason we still have a landline.

Anyway, at least getting rid of land lines will make things easier for Homeland Security monitoring. Wiretaps are so... retro. Of course, without landlines, EMP bombs will be a slightly bigger concern.


31 posted on 03/30/2012 1:13:29 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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