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Landline legislation signed into law

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DAVISON, MI (WNEM) -

It's official. Landlines are about to become a thing of the past. Governor Snyder has signed a bill into law that would eliminate landline service by 2017.

Of course, this bill is getting mixed reaction throughout Michigan. Many are in favor of eliminating the service, calling landlines obsolete. Others want the service to continue.

People worried about recent landline phone legislation can get their questions answered Wednesday night.

There will be a town hall meeting on the bill that allows phone companies to end service to traditional landlines.

The meeting kicks off at 6:30 p.m. and runs until 7:30 p.m. at the Richfield Township Hall in Davison.

The meeting will include reps from AT&T, Centurylink and Frontier Communications.

The number of traditional land lines dropped from 6.8 million in 2001 to 2.6 million last year, and providers want more flexibility to do away with traditional service.

The proposed changes would begin in 2017.

People who still want a land line could get an Internet-provided phone line known as VoIP if they have broadband access.

AT&T says the legislation would eliminate red tape. Critics such as the AARP say they have concerns about reliability and say the bill should do more to protect customers.

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