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GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: mattkime
Date: August 17, 2020 09:33AM
I asked AT&T to remove the landline cable run to the side of our house and they did. It was much larger than normal as the house was previously used as a business and had 4-5 phone lines run to it. Obviously its a small detail overall but it feels good to resolve it. I made a call and a week later it was gone.



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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: space-time
Date: August 17, 2020 09:49AM
what if the next owner wants a landline?
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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: GGD
Date: August 17, 2020 09:50AM
It was probably a 6-pair line. I had one of those run to my previous house in 1996 when I needed 5 lines. 3 voice, 2 data (FAX and continuous dial-up).
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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: August 17, 2020 09:55AM
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what if the next owner wants a landline?

Then they can have one added.



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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: GGD
Date: August 17, 2020 09:57AM
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what if the next owner wants a landline?

Then they can have one added.

Or by then the phone company will refuse to install new POTS landline service.
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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 17, 2020 10:04AM
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what if the next owner wants a landline?

Then they can have one added.

Or by then the phone company will refuse to install new POTS landline service.


....this.....I would have just left it and just not used the landline.....leaving it, opened options......once it is removed.....it may be more difficult to put back....



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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: mattkime
Date: August 17, 2020 10:15AM
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what if the next owner wants a landline?

What if they want a telegraph?
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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: August 17, 2020 10:19AM
Was the previous owner a bookie or did they book "other" personal services?

Copper or not, in many places you can't initiate new POTS service.
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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: August 17, 2020 10:30AM
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what if the next owner wants a landline?

What if they want a telegraph?

Yeah; this.



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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 17, 2020 10:34AM
.....the comparison doesn't really work.....no one uses telegraph but plenty of people still use landline [ mostly older people but still ].......especially businesses....



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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: mattkime
Date: August 17, 2020 10:37AM
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.....the comparison doesn't really work.....no one uses telegraph but plenty of people still use landline [ mostly older people but still ].......especially businesses....

How many of those people are under 50?
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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 17, 2020 10:41AM
....something else to consider.....when power goes out.....landlines usually stay on.....as per recent ISAIA......people had their power out and cell service was disrupted.....



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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: JoeH
Date: August 17, 2020 11:00AM
Yeah, that. Last time power was out here for several days after a storm the landlines stayed working where lines were not down. But a number of cell towers ran out of backup power, coverage was getting iffy by the third day in many spots around here.
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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: GGD
Date: August 17, 2020 11:04AM
I'm currently 24 hours into a Comcast outage impacting 51-500 customers, they're my only broadband option. Comcast's status has been saying it will be fixed 4 hours into the future, and when that time comes they add another 4 hours.

I'm currently running my entire home network off of my iPhone feeding my DD-WRT router via USB instead of the cable modem feeding the WAN port. But cell service is poor here (we rely on WiFi calling) and it's only a 4G signal, and we have 5 phones sharing a 15GB/mo data plan so this is chewing into our allocation.

Someday StarLink might become my backup plan for data for those days when Comcast and cell towers have outages due to large power outages from wildfires or earthquakes. But they need to launch more satellites.
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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 17, 2020 11:13AM
....also during major crisis.....for example 9/11.....cell service was basically crippled due to overwhelming demand......landlines would have remained working.....



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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: August 17, 2020 11:44AM
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.....the comparison doesn't really work.....no one uses telegraph but plenty of people still use landline [ mostly older people but still ].......especially businesses....

Maybe small businesses. Most larger businesses have switched to VoIP due to cost savings.

POTS is dying. Phone companies aren't buying and haven't bought new POTS equipment in years.
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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: August 17, 2020 11:53AM
I still have a landline for my small business. I keep thinking about eliminating it, but I would have to have a new sign made for the building, plus my rental agreements and business cards would need to be changed.

I would need to spend a few bucks to save a few bucks.

Back when I bought the business 24 years ago, cell phone service was waaaay too sketchy to solely rely on. It's much better now. so I *could* go cellular only.



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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: mattkime
Date: August 17, 2020 11:57AM
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Rick-o
I still have a landline for my small business. I keep thinking about eliminating it, but I would have to have a new sign made for the building, plus my rental agreements and business cards would need to be changed.

You can port the number but I could understand the reluctance regarding the damage if something went wrong.
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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: August 17, 2020 12:12PM
I have a landline still, as it's part of my landline/internet service.

Oh, and I have DSL.

So POTS isn't going anywhere for me, until ATT puts a couple of bullets in the back if its skull.

A friend's mom in her mid 80s just got her first cellphone, as the amount of static on her landline made its use unintelligible as well as unbearable.

In addition, the cost of the phone and plan was a fraction of that of her very basic phone plan.

And now she has Caller ID for the first time, and getting it with her landline would have meant a huge jump in her monthly fees.






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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: rgG
Date: August 17, 2020 12:16PM
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what if the next owner wants a landline?

What if they want a telegraph?

This.
You aren’t planning on moving soon, so landlines will be wanted even less as time goes on.





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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: davester
Date: August 17, 2020 01:17PM
I regret having discontinued my landline service. We live in a hilly area so have very poor cell coverage so that's no good. I decided to bundle "landline" service with my cable internet service. However, now that the local utility is doing occasional weeklong blackouts during wildfire season, I lose phone service completely and have zero telecommunication ability. POTS is the only thing that works in my neighborhood during blackouts and now they won't reconnect me.



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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: August 17, 2020 02:12PM
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davester
I regret having discontinued my landline service. We live in a hilly area so have very poor cell coverage so that's no good. I decided to bundle "landline" service with my cable internet service. However, now that the local utility is doing occasional weeklong blackouts during wildfire season, I lose phone service completely and have zero telecommunication ability. POTS is the only thing that works in my neighborhood during blackouts and now they won't reconnect me.

How about a UPS or small generator to keep your modem up?
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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 17, 2020 02:22PM
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space-time
what if the next owner wants a landline?

What if they want a telegraph?

Pull in some barbed wire, then.



It is what it is.
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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: JoeH
Date: August 17, 2020 02:47PM
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davester
I regret having discontinued my landline service. We live in a hilly area so have very poor cell coverage so that's no good. I decided to bundle "landline" service with my cable internet service. However, now that the local utility is doing occasional weeklong blackouts during wildfire season, I lose phone service completely and have zero telecommunication ability. POTS is the only thing that works in my neighborhood during blackouts and now they won't reconnect me.

How about a UPS or small generator to keep your modem up?

Don't know about davester, but around here when the power is out, there is also no power to the cable company hardware either. So no signal on the line for the cable modem to work with even if you have a UPS.

When a fully regulated monopoly, the phone companies had to operate with fairly stringent requirements for backup power to the system and POTS would stay up through just about anything short of the lines being cut or brought down and disconnected. The cell services and cable services providing phone service have been under no such requirements, they go out.
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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: GGD
Date: August 17, 2020 03:00PM
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JoeH
Don't know about davester, but around here when the power is out, there is also no power to the cable company hardware either. So no signal on the line for the cable modem to work with even if you have a UPS.

When a fully regulated monopoly, the phone companies had to operate with fairly stringent requirements for backup power to the system and POTS would stay up through just about anything short of the lines being cut or brought down and disconnected. The cell services and cable services providing phone service have been under no such requirements, they go out.

I'm living through this right now. I have power but a large area very close to me lost power around 5:30AM Sunday. About 3 hours later my Comcast went out (TV and Internet) and has been out since. I'm guessing their equipment was in that area and has limited battery backup.

Still waiting for that large area to get power back, the power company just sent a crew out to "assess the situation" after 30 hours. If Comcast comes back at about the same time that area gets it's power back it will pretty much confirm my theory.

Edit: And finally PG&E resolved that power outage, and Comcast came back before Comcast could even update their outage page. So seems pretty certain that my Comcast outage was due to a nearby power outage where some Comcast equipment is located.



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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: davester
Date: August 17, 2020 04:42PM
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davester
I regret having discontinued my landline service. We live in a hilly area so have very poor cell coverage so that's no good. I decided to bundle "landline" service with my cable internet service. However, now that the local utility is doing occasional weeklong blackouts during wildfire season, I lose phone service completely and have zero telecommunication ability. POTS is the only thing that works in my neighborhood during blackouts and now they won't reconnect me.

How about a UPS or small generator to keep your modem up?

Don't know about davester, but around here when the power is out, there is also no power to the cable company hardware either. So no signal on the line for the cable modem to work with even if you have a UPS.

When a fully regulated monopoly, the phone companies had to operate with fairly stringent requirements for backup power to the system and POTS would stay up through just about anything short of the lines being cut or brought down and disconnected. The cell services and cable services providing phone service have been under no such requirements, they go out.

That is exactly the issue.



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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 17, 2020 06:56PM
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davester
I regret having discontinued my landline service. We live in a hilly area so have very poor cell coverage so that's no good. I decided to bundle "landline" service with my cable internet service. However, now that the local utility is doing occasional weeklong blackouts during wildfire season, I lose phone service completely and have zero telecommunication ability. POTS is the only thing that works in my neighborhood during blackouts and now they won't reconnect me.

How about a UPS or small generator to keep your modem up?

Don't know about davester, but around here when the power is out, there is also no power to the cable company hardware either. So no signal on the line for the cable modem to work with even if you have a UPS.

When a fully regulated monopoly, the phone companies had to operate with fairly stringent requirements for backup power to the system and POTS would stay up through just about anything short of the lines being cut or brought down and disconnected. The cell services and cable services providing phone service have been under no such requirements, they go out.

That is exactly the issue.

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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 17, 2020 07:01PM
....Land.......ho....????



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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: vicrock
Date: August 17, 2020 07:18PM
No reliable cell coverage here - unless we want to pay to use Canadian service. We have DSL for a fairly reasonable cost. I still remember when we moved in 20+ years ago we had to have two lines - one for phone and one for dial-up! Good times!
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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: space-time
Date: August 17, 2020 09:05PM
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what if the next owner wants a landline?

What if they want a telegraph?

they can FAX!
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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: Don C
Date: August 17, 2020 09:52PM
What's this "people's best interest" of which you speak? Doesn't seem to part of current vocabulary.

Wife insists on a landline and we run two rotary phones in the house. The number on the dial of one of them still has the four numbers that were needed when my parents moved to Baraboo, WI in 1964. My wife ignores here iPhone when she wants to make a call, looking up the number in the printed yellow pages and dialing on the rotary phone.
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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: August 18, 2020 11:01AM
There's NO guarantee your local phone company will keep providing copper lines from the CO direct to your home.

The development where I live was built over 30 years ago and since day one phone service has been provided by an unpowered fiber line from the CO to a box at the entrance, said box translating between fiber & copper lines to all the houses in our development.

That box has a backup battery, & is supposed to get a portable genset in the event of a longer power outage, but force majeure is likely to apply to any event that causes a power outage lasting long enough to drain the battery...unfortunately, it's not like the old days where the only batteries the phone company had to worry about were all at the CO.

Your local phone company can also do the above to your neighborhood, especially as copper lines deteriorate & you & your neighbors complain about static, poor signal, etc.



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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: graylocks
Date: August 18, 2020 12:44PM
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Wife insists on a landline and we run two rotary phones in the house.

true rotary? like, not even punch buttons?



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Re: GOODBYE LANDLINE
Posted by: AllGold
Date: August 18, 2020 08:41PM
I still have a landline... ish, almost. I still have active copper to my house, but it supplies my U-Verse connection for internet and TV. In my neighborhood we have Fiber To The Node rather than Fiber To The Premises. In other words, fiber goes to a big distributor box in the neighborhood, which then uses the old fashioned copper lines to go to each house.

Now my "landline" is VOIP in the form of an Ooma.
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