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Michael Patrick Shiels
WSJM-FM 94.9

Posted: Tuesday, 11 March 2014 8:50PM

Representative Nesbitt Hails Passage Of Landline Bill

Legislation clearing the way for phone companies to phase out landline service is a step closer to becoming law. The Michigan House has passed the bill viewed by some as controversial, while Representative Aric Nesbitt of Lawton doesn't think it's controversial at all. He believes it will improve cell phone, Internet and other services.


The Senate passed the legislation in December and now needs to concur with modifications made by the House. Nesbitt tells WSJM News there are consumer protections built-in to protect people from losing their phone service without having another option.


AT&T pushed hard for the change as they try to move customers to Internet-based phone service. Opposition came from the AARP and rural lawmakers, who argue cellphone service is still not good enough in all areas of the state. Nesbitt counters by saying it will allow for the investment needed to improve broadband and cell reception everywhere.


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