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· July 31, 2012

Blade editorial calls for a halt to landline legislation

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Ohio legislators are currently considering legislation (Senate Bill 271) that would allow traditional telephone carriers to cease offering basic landline service in their service territories under a very broad new competition standard. The Toledo Blade ran an editorial today blasting the bill:
The bill before the General Assembly is premature and is likely to hurt people who have no choice other than to depend on land lines to contact emergency services, the doctor, or the drug store. As written, it only benefits telecommunications companies that find their public-service obligation onerous.
The editors cite a recent Innovation Ohio report that showed the legislation was premature, unnecessary and potential harmful to Ohioans reliant on landline telephones – typically low income, disabled and elderly Ohioans. Read our report here.

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