Alabama town kills landlines

  • About 40 percent of US households don't use landline phones, which may completely disappear in an Alabama town. The Wall Street Journal said AT&T is conducting this experiment in favor of high-speed and wireless service. The company could start as early as June and the remove the possibility of buying a landline for customers. 

    "Some of them like their landline, and they like it just the way it is," the city clerk said. Other telecom companies are concerned as well. "By changing some widget in the network, these guys are saying they can throw the rule book in the trash," an EarthLink rep said. 

    Moreover, some worry that emergency services such as 911 would become harder to reach in the absence of landlines. 

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