Plan to eliminate landlines in Michigan moves forward

Controversial legislation passes Michigan Senate


LANSING, Mich. – A plan to make it easier for phone companies to eliminate landline service in Michigan has passed the state Senate.

The legislation helps in the approval process for phone companies to begin phasing out landlines by 2017.

The AARP has pushed against passing the legislation, siting concerns that could impact their phone medical alert and alarm systems.

The bill's sponsor, Sen. Mike Nofs spoke out, saying the legislation will make sure Michigan residents will be able to make calls on their home phones.

The state House will now review the bill before voting on it.

According to the Federal Communications Commission, landline customers in Michigan have dropped by 60 percent in the last decade, from 6.5 million in 2002 to 2.6 million in 2012.

It's the opposite for mobile phone users.  They have more than doubled from 4.5 million to more than 9 million people.

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