It will be up to the Michigan House of Representatives to determine if phone companies can phase out traditional land line service beginning in 2017 with just 90 days notice after the Senate passed the bill Thursday on a 31-4 vote. After hearing concerns from phone customers, especially senior citizens, the Senate tweaked the bill to ensure that the Michigan Public Service Commission had a stronger role in determining whether reliable phone service was available in an area where the phone company wanted to cut its traditional land line service. Right now, phone providers have to go through both the Michigan Public Service Commission and the Federal Communications Commission if they want to abandon traditional landline service in an area of the state. The bill would take the MPSC out of the front end of the equation and leave it up to the FCC to approve or deny a withdrawal application from a phone company. Customers would receive 90 days' notice of traditional landlines being disconnected.
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