Ohio bill could doom landlines
With the steady stream of innovations to wireless phones, many companies are regarding the traditional landline as obsolete. .... The [Ohio] bill addresses Carrier of Last Resort (COLR) obligations that previously required franchises to serve everyone who wanted service in a franchise territory. ... According to a copy of the bill provided by the Ohio state legislature, to discontinue basic telephone service a company must prove there are at least two other telecommunications companies providing services within the area. Those companies, however, do not have to provide service through the entire area serviced by the phone company.
For rural areas like Washington County, that can lead to some people being unable to acquire a basic phone service. ------ rest:may be power, but communications is the key email@example.com [to foil spammers, my address has been double rot-13 encoded]