Ohio Senate measure could jeopardize landline phones

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Ohio Senators have passed a bill (SB271) that could end basic landline phone service to residents in areas where providing service is not profitable to utility companies. I am asking readers to urge the Ohio House of Representatives to oppose SB271 so it does not become law.

Lifeline programs, home security systems and other devices require landline service. Discontinuing affordable and reliable landline service would make it difficult for seniors to maintain connections with families, medical providers and government agencies.

Large phone companies and their trade associations have hired 35 registered lobbyists to influence passage of SB271. We do not need this bill, which will jeopardize access to affordable and reliable basic phone service.

Please ask our Ohio House of Representatives to stand up for all Ohioians and oppose SB271.

Dave Gynn, AARP advocacy volunteer, Brimfield

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