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The End of Landlines?

Ericsson rotary telephone from 1939
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AT&T and Verizon want to trade landlines for internet-based phones. Many customers are protesting cutting landline service.

For the past few years, AT&T and Verizon have been attempting to get their customers to abandon landlines and move to phones based on internet service. Their goal is to finalize such a transition by 2020.

This proposal has met with opposition, however, from those who say that copper-based landlines are still a necessity for millions of Americans. This episode, we look at the issue of disappearing landlines, in Ohio and across the nation.


  • Michael R. Smalz, Senior Attorney, Ohio Poverty Law Center
  • Sherry Lichtenberg, principal researcher for telecommunications at the National Regulatory Research Institute
  • Jon Brodkin, Senior IT Reporter at ArsTechnica

This episode originally aired on Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 at 10:00 AM

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