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AT&T Eliminating Landline Service?!?!

 
Hand_of_Man
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AT&T Eliminating Landline Service?!?!
AT&T asks U.S. to let it eliminate landline service: 'business model is in a precipitous decline' - @breakingnews PDF: [link to bit.ly]

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12/30/2009 02:02 PM
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I have no more need for a land line except for one problem, you can't have an home alarm service (that I know of) without one.

So, to give up my land line, I would have to give up the alarm service. Wish there were a way around it.
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Doesn't internet need a landline?
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The alarm service sends out a signal across the phone line? Hmmm. I don't have an alarm so I wouldn't know. Well it's feasible to do it across fiber optics like cable wire so I'm sure that is being looked at if it isn't in place already.
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Doesn't internet need a landline?
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Nope, that's what broadband is for.
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your alarm signal can go out by dedicated cell. Landlines can be cut.
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Doesn't internet need a landline?
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NO not if you have broadband... Whats gonna happen to those that can't afford a cell phone service? Are we going to be forced into having cellphones now? WELL HELLO big brother! Everyone will be tracked with GPS now if they are forced to have a cell phone.
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12/30/2009 02:12 PM
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Well...they had better improve their cell coverage if they are going to drop our land lines. Personally, I can't stand paying the $50 per month for the land line, but my husband works out of the home and the only cell company providing coverage in our area (suburban Atlanta) is ATT and then we have to sit outside in order to talk. It's a bunch of bull considering the $200+ we pay for cell in addition to the $50 land line.
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12/30/2009 02:13 PM
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So for those of us without cell phones, what are we supposed to do in their business model?
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Doesn't internet need a landline?
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Not if you have optic fiber or cable. DSL might be a different story though.
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Well...they had better improve their cell coverage if they are going to drop our land lines. Personally, I can't stand paying the $50 per month for the land line, but my husband works out of the home and the only cell company providing coverage in our area (suburban Atlanta) is ATT and then we have to sit outside in order to talk. It's a bunch of bull considering the $200+ we pay for cell in addition to the $50 land line.
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Yeah, I don't get any cell coverage at my lakehouse, so I had to get a landline there.

Of course, if they did away with landlines, and say some other country detonated an EMP or two over the U.S., (or they just decided to shut down cell phone towers for the heck of it), then we'd be set back a hundred years (communications wise).
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your alarm signal can go out by dedicated cell. Landlines can be cut.
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Not always true...you would need to bring a good size saw to cut ours(Wrapped the outside lines in metal tubes) and all of our utilities are buried
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12/30/2009 02:24 PM
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cell wireless causes cancer
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12/30/2009 02:27 PM
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Not only what are we to do if we do not have a cell phone, but is not the whole point of having land line for when the power goes out? Earlier this year my electricity was turned off and the ONLY thing that worked was the phone.
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12/30/2009 02:31 PM
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What about faxes? What if we need to return to BBSs?
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12/30/2009 02:33 PM
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digital phone will work with alarm systems.
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12/30/2009 02:35 PM
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I use AT & T Dial up at home-I know, ridiculous but anyway they took it off my bill for Jan. Not sure what they are doing but I expect shortly I will be forced to drop AT & T since dial up and long distance is what I use them for. I imagine the dial up will not work soon and I don't need the long distance.
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12/30/2009 02:36 PM
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This is huge. Can't say any more.
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12/30/2009 02:36 PM
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This is just a game of chicken, folks. They want government subsidy and a guarantee of monopoly power. That's what a company means when it says it's no longer "economically feasible".

Read between the lines.

Obama will probably give them anything they cry for...
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ADSL was conceived for normal telephonelines, so they're not about to be discarded. What is going down the drain is the landline phoneservice: obsolete businessmodel.
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I just got Uverse i had four landline's they converted all but one to digital according to the installer i technically am not allowed to have both a landline and digital phone service but it was not disconnected because that is what my service order specified. The problem with digital phone lines is it is dependent on power to the house granted it comes with a battery back-up but that is only good for about 8 hours.
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12/30/2009 02:41 PM
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During Katrina, Gustav and Ike - cellphones did not work reliably because towers were down. Some people were lining up to borrow land lines

This is bullshit. Cell phones are suspect for cancer and mind control.
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12/30/2009 02:42 PM
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this is a very bad idea

we need landlines in service for national emergencies

if anything we need to be upgrading the landline infrastructure not letting it crumble to ruins with out dated backdoored backbone software and hardware...
 Quoting: ^TrInItY^



You are exactly correct.
Is it expensive to maintain.

Basically corporations or important person's will have a access loop to the fiber back bone and or a direct connection to the back bone itself. Small biz and consumers will have to access through a corporate network......

This is one of the first steps to controlling the information super high way and nationalizing our national communications even more so than they already are.

AT&T's industry nickname is the Death Star..

I may be wrong on a few points, but 2010 is going to get very interesting!!!!!
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this is a very bad idea

we need landlines in service for national emergencies

if anything we need to be upgrading the landline infrastructure not letting it crumble to ruins with out dated backdoored backbone software and hardware...
 Quoting: ^TrInItY^

Yes, we need to keep landlines.
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12/30/2009 02:46 PM
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this is a very bad idea

we need landlines in service for national emergencies

if anything we need to be upgrading the landline infrastructure not letting it crumble to ruins with out dated backdoored backbone software and hardware...



You are exactly correct.
Is it expensive to maintain.

Basically corporations or important person's will have a access loop to the fiber back bone and or a direct connection to the back bone itself. Small biz and consumers will have to access through a corporate network......

This is one of the first steps to controlling the information super high way and nationalizing our national communications even more so than they already are.

AT&T's industry nickname is the Death Star..

I may be wrong on a few points, but 2010 is going to get very interesting!!!!!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 648


One more point.
Warren Buffet purchased the railroads right...
Guess what is buried along the tracks. . .
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12/30/2009 02:49 PM
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First air travel, now phone service. Gee, what will the elites takes away from us po folks next?
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12/30/2009 02:55 PM
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They are going for the win with one shot.

"Indeed, Commission staff has estimated that it will take an
investment of approximately $350 billion to make available 100 mbps broadband service to all
American consumers.13"


Basically a 350 billion bailout.

This falls right in line with doing away with free TV.
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Also, the fax machine would become obsolete too, no? I know most people have email accounts but the majority of people I know either doesn't have or have a broken printer. So, how is this scenario going to play into things? People still need hard-copies of leases, contracts etc.

Man, I loved the 1970's so much better!

PS Most elders also depend on lifeline. How the F**K is that gonna work. They fall and can't get up and then what? Have a robot go retrieve their cell phone for them?

Last Edited by SunDawnn on 12/30/2009 02:58 PM
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this is a very bad idea

we need landlines in service for national emergencies

if anything we need to be upgrading the landline infrastructure not letting it crumble to ruins with out dated backdoored backbone software and hardware...
 Quoting: ^TrInItY^

Excellent point
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I have no more need for a land line except for one problem, you can't have an home alarm service (that I know of) without one.

So, to give up my land line, I would have to give up the alarm service. Wish there were a way around it.
 Quoting: Say-It-Loud 853105


There are now wireless alarm systems but not all areas have it. Do a search on-line and look at the coverage maps.
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12/30/2009 03:01 PM
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I just dumped Vonage and now use MagicJack at $20 a yr. Not perfect but my prepaid cell will pick up the slack.





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