AT&T Wants To Cut Landlines

(Chicago, IL) — AT&T wants its Illinois customers to hang up those landlines, once and for all. AT&T is pushing legislation in Springfield that would allow it to cancel landline service to its one-point-two million Illinois customers with 60 days notice. The company says it’s spending money on technology that customers are abandoning, money they should be investing in new technology. The Citizens Utility Board opposes the bill, saying seniors often find landlines more reliable in emergencies and count on them for security systems and medical devices. The company has passed similar bills in 19 other states. California is the only other holdout. If all 21 states where AT&T dominates approve, then they can ask the FCC for permission to start the cancellations.