telephone service

7:49 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

House Approves Bill Making it Easier for Phone Companies to Drop Landline Service

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Senate must agree to changes before the bill can go to Governor Rick Snyder for his signature
Supporters say the change is needed to allow them to invest in more modern means of communication as droves of customers abandon their landline plans, but AARP Michigan and others are concerned residents will be left without reliable access to phone, medical alert and alarm services.
8:10 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Law enforcement officials say landline bill threatens public safety

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House committee will hear testimony on bill Tuesday
LANSING - Top law enforcement officials warned that public safety would be threatened if Michigan lawmakers pass a bill to make it easier for phone companies to discontinue traditional landline service. The Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police and Michigan Sheriffs' Association on Monday joined AARP in opposing Senate Bill 636, which passed the Senate last week and could go before the House as soon as Tuesday.
8:13 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Bill to make it easier to phase out landline service clears state Senate

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American Association of Retired Persons has concerns about ensuring service
LANSING - Controversial legislation that makes it easier for phone companies to discontinue traditional landline service passed the Michigan Senate by a wide margin on Thursday. Senators voted 31-4 in favor of Senate Bill 636, which streamlines the approval process for a company to stop traditional landline, or "plain old telephone service" in an area starting in 2017.
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8:50 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Senate bill could make it easier to end landline phone service

Credit WMUK

Interview with Mike Nofs


State Senator Mike Nofs of Battle Creek is chairman of the Senate Energy and Technology Committee he is the sponsor of the bill. 

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7:16 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Bill could allow for elimination of landline phones in 2017

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FCC says landline customers have dropped dramatically since 2000
A proposal that's working its way through the Legislature in Lansing would allow phone companies to discontinue landline service with just 90 days' notice beginning in 2017. But some powerful forces - AARP, representing senior citizens, the Michigan Public Service Commission and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette - say they have serious concerns about the bill, not only for elderly people, but for people in rural areas where wireless coverage is spotty.