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Senior Advocacy in Action Alert

2/4/2014 10:00am

SB 636 would allow for the discontinuation of traditional landline phone service after December 31, 2016.  AAAWM is concerned that seniors who rely on their landline telephone to make phone calls in emergencies or when the power is out, to monitor their medical devices, or to provide services for individuals with low hearing will be hurt by this bill.  The bill is expected to be voted on in the near future.  Advocates are urged to contact their legislators in the House of Representatives and ask them to protect Michigan's vulnerable seniors by opposing SB 636. 

Click here to read more information on SB 636.

Comments

#1 Linda Brauer said:

I disagree with discontinuing landlines for four reasons. First, I run a nonprofit and get calls from people in crisis. I would not want to get disconnected in the middle of a conversation. Second, there are many places I cannot get reception, including public buildings, such as the school, a few blocks away, the VA Outpatient Clinic, hospitals, and even Meijer's--after I get past the front door. T-Mobile is my cell phone service provider. My adult daughter finally got a land line, after trying to just use a cell, so she doesn't have to go outside in order to make a phone call when at her condo. Third, when the power goes out, if your cell phone is not charged, you cannot call for help. I am glad I had a land line so I could find a motel that had heat and electricity, and was handicapped accessible, to get my dad to a safe place, when we had an ice storm. 4rth, my husband got a pacemaker/ defibrillator implanted in his chest, 6 months ago. It is monitored from his doctor's office, via a transmitter, connected to a land line at our home. It checks for arrhythmia. When we went on a trip, out of state, he took the transmitter with him, and connected it to a land line when we arrived. It's hard to believe that such expensive, advanced, lifesaving technology, could already be obsolete.

#2 webmaster said:

Thank you for your comments. Unfortunately the bill regarding the landline phone issue has passed. This means that in 2017, the phone companies will more easily be able to end landline services. This is not our desired outcome and we are still hopeful that the needs of older adults and those with needs for a landline (like those you mentioned) will be considered before these services are discontinued. As always, we encourage individuals to contact their legislators on these important issues.

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