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There?s a case to be made that customers already are making the choice.

?I thought we were going to get rid of the landline, but now I?m glad we kept it,? he said. ?The landline helps me a lot. Very few cell phones work in our basement, and my wife sometimes forgets to plug it in.?

?Every day, more and more consumers are making the transition to wireless and VoIP,? said Matt Resch, a spokesman for AT&T, one of the largest phone service providers in Michigan and a supporter of the legislation. ?There is wireless service across almost every corner of the state. And it?s improving every day as more towers go up.?

But a couple of years ago, he realized the value of his landline, with the help of his service dog, Reebok.

Too many times he has wanted to make a call on his cell phone and found it dead, Wayland said,Ugg Sale Deckers, adding, ?I love technology. And I use a lot of high-tech stuff in my house, but I think it?s too soon to get rid of landlines. I don?t think we?re ready.

It was that final item that helped Trantham a couple of years ago when he fell on the ramp that led to his house and his 200-pound wheelchair fell on top of him. Reebok was able to get the phone and bring it to Trantham who called for help.

?The real question is how do you keep both systems up and running and invest in the new technology which everyone is going to ? and will be at within five to seven years? And then how do you require companies to keep investing in that antiquated technology?? said state Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, who sponsored the bill. ?Keeping up that infrastructure is costly.?

?If a senior is in a bad way, they better have their cell phone on them because the phone on the kitchen wall is not going to save their life,? he added.

Nofs acknowledged that there are legitimate concerns with the legislation and is working to massage the bill to get opponents on the wireless train,Uggs Kensington John Lewis. The bill would transfer the review of phone companies? requests to abandon landline exchanges from the MPSC to the FCC,Ugg Women Sheepskin Cuff Boot.

?I?m not going to leave anybody out there without being able to call police and fire,? said Nofs, who would like to see the bill move out of the Senate before the end of the year.

According to the Federal Communications Commission, the number of landline customers in Michigan dropped from 6.7 million in 2000 to 2.6 million in 2012. Meanwhile, the number of wireless customers jumped from 3.5 million in 2000 to 9.3 million in 2012. And Voice over Internet Protocol phone service ? better known as VoIP or cable company-provided wireless service ? has increased to 1.4 million customers since the FCC started tracking it in 2008.

?I?m happy to see they?re taking a few weeks off and really looking at this legislation,? Seifert said. ?But I don?t think AARP is going to be able to support anything that comes out of? the Senate Energy and Technology Committee.

He uses an iPhone, iPad, computer-aided tools for his woodworking and Google Cool maps.

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Even with the amendments,Kinder Uggs Waar Te Koop, AARP has reservations.

The number of landline customers for AT&T has dropped by 71.2% since 2000. And the cost to maintain both a landline and a wireless system is becoming cost-prohibitive.

Some powerful forces ? AARP, representing senior citizens, the Michigan Public Service Commission and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette ? say they have serious concerns about the bill, not only for elderly people, but for people in rural areas where wireless coverage is spotty.

But he also wants to keep the landline phone in his Chesterfield Township home. He can?t get service on his cell phone in the workshop in his basement and said he often loses calls when he uses his cell phone in his office. His 21-year-old disabled son doesn?t have the fine motor skills to use a cell phone, and his security alarm is wired to his landline.

The organization sent a poll to members about phone service earlier this month. Of the 1,323 respondents, 85% had landlines, 84.2% had cell phones and 96.5% opposed the bill that would allow the end of landline service.

He also worries about the high price of cell phones.

But Robert Kolt,Uggs Origineel Nep, the former president of AARP, said it?s time to make the full switch to wireless.


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Still have a landline phone? Proposed Michigan legislation could spell end by 2017

?They?re trying to force people who can?t afford them to buy them,Ugg Outlet Rotterdam Tot Wanneer,? he said.

?Think of all the areas that would be underserved if we went to a totally wireless network. There are even some spotty places in southeast Michigan,? said Melissa Seifert, associate director of government affairs for AARP in Michigan. ?The AARP isn?t opposed to wireless. Our members just want both.?

The MPSC is keeping an open mind, said spokeswoman Judy Palnau.

?Maintaining the old, archaic hard-line system is an expense that could be better invested in new technology,? he said. ?Advocating to keep the old hard-line system is like fighting to keep the Pony Express or Western Union telegram.?

A proposal that's working its way through the Legislature in Lansing would allow phone companies to discontinue landline service with just 90 days' notice beginning in 2017,Uggs Rotterdam Assem. But some powerful

?If our concerns could be addressed with final language, we?ll take a look,Uggs Laarzen Amsterdam,? she said.

Bill Wayland is a self-described high-tech geek.

So he said he?s a bit alarmed by a proposal that?s working its way through the Legislature in Lansing that would allow phone companies to discontinue landline service with just 90 days? notice beginning in 2017.

?Seniors already have so much change going on their lives as it is,? she said.

John Trantham of Richland Township has thought of getting rid of his landline for years. He had one of the first cell phones, a big box he got in 1975 and kept in his car to use in case of emergency during long commutes.

The golden retriever can not only help Trantham ? a 68-year-old paraplegic who uses a wheelchair ? get around more easily, the dog also can also retrieve items for him, like a newspaper, a sock on the floor, a telephone.

But Lynn Alexander, a Bloomfield Township resident who has worked with elderly people for years,Uggs Best Price Online, said change is hard for senior citizens.

But Nofs is working on an amendment that would open up the landline market to other providers if a telephone company wanted to abandon the service and there were customers who didn?t have an alternative. If another company didn?t come in to offer service to remaining landline customers, the MPSC would have the right to stop the original phone company from abandoning the service until a replacement could be found.

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Bill Wayland, 71, of Chesterfield Township opposes a proposal in Lansing to discontinue telephone landline service after 2017. Although he uses the latest cell phone technology, Wayland often cannot get a signal in his home and needs the landline to make and receive calls. He also has home alarm system connected via his landline service, which is critical to its operation. / James Fassinger/Special to the Detroit Free Press

In many cases, seniors invented the new technology and others will grow to love it ? if they give it a chance, Kolt said.

?I love all this stuff,? said the 71-year-old General Motors retiree.

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