Illinois lawmakers OK plan to ditch landlines, hike 911 fees

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers have approved a plan that would raise phone fees for 911 services and allow AT&T to disconnect traditional landlines. The proposal would let the utility giant free itself from a legal obligation to provide landline service in areas with old technology. AT&T says that’s about 10 percent of its customers.
Opponents say seniors will be disproportionately impacted, while proponents say it’s time for Illinois to modernize telecommunications.