tricycleracer: Meanwhile, consumers in other countries not only have better access, but they pay far less for far better services.USA USA USA!
poughdrew: What is the age limit for a land-line? Does anyone under 35 have one of these things?
midigod: poughdrew: What is the age limit for a land-line? Does anyone under 35 have one of these things?Cute quip, but only a third of US households are cell-only.
pkellmey: midigod: poughdrew: What is the age limit for a land-line? Does anyone under 35 have one of these things?Cute quip, but only a third of US households are cell-only.I am one of that third, but when I was disconnecting the land line, the provider sent me letters and told me in phone call messages that "emergency calls won't work unless if you are on a land line." I knew it was BS, but most of my co-workers keep their land line only because they believe this crud.
jimw: For those of you that have never been in a disaster or emergency situation, and think landlines are a joke, I wish you well as to the best of my knowledge VOIP and cell have not been proven to be reliable in these situations nor in many cases to have the capacity to handle the call volume. When it comes to reliability from what I understand, landlines are the last service to get overwhelmed or go down. As such I would not EVER trust my life entirely to VOIP or Cell. They do have their place and purpose but not during times of an area emergency or disaster. As such I have no plans ever to give up my personal landline.Think about this: a single, large, EMP, such as from a nuke, way high up can fry all the electronics in your auto, home, cell towers, and server farms, but not your landline if mechanically switched - i.e. relays. Landlines are still the single best backup communication service we have when all else fails.Do phone company want you to know this? Of course not! They, like most businesses, are more interested in profits, rather than service. They could care less that you die because your phone doesn't work when you desperately need it to. They even have a term for this - collateral damage.
ChubbyTiger: If the FCC is smart, this is exactly what they need to take (regulatory) control of IP networks without much argument*. If their mandate revolves around use, rather than specific technology, they'll be able to claim that the use of IP networks for phone communication falls square within their mandate and it'll be very difficult to claim otherwise. They must then have regulatory control of IP networks which carry voice (all of them), becuase that is the actual, original mandate from Congress. Before, this would be expanding their mandate. Now, it won't be an expansion at all.*Well, there will be lots of complaints, but you know what I mean.
HatMadeOfAss: But if all electronics are damaged, wouldn't your phone be damaged too? Wouldn't the phone of the person you are trying to contact be damaged as well. It's fantastic that a mechanically switched landline would be functional, but if you don't have a working phone, what's the point?
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