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Bill Underway Could Leave Seniors Without Phone Service

Monday, March 26, 2012 at 5:44 PM

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Groups representing seniors and low income citizens are trying to stop a bill under consideration at the Ohio Statehouse that they say would strip price and service guarantees from people who have land lines. Mike Smalz with the Ohio Poverty Law Center says most older Ohioans rely on land lines.

Smalz:” We oppose any legislation that would jeopardize access by customers to affordable and reliable land service. In fact, our simple catch phrase is don’t hang up the phone and in fact this bill would do just that. It would result in hanging up the phone and denying communication to a lot of customers, particular rural, low income and elderly customers.”

Smalz says this bill would allow phone companies to discontinue service in some rural areas and would lead to higher prices for customers who can least afford phone service. Phone calls placed to the sponsor of this bill for comment were not returned.


Community/Human Interest, Government/Politics, Aging/The Elderly

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