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Police Chiefs, AARP Oppose Land Line Phone Legislation

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Michigan Police Chiefs and Sheriffs, along with the AARP, are opposing legislation to ease phone companies' ability to discontinue traditional land line service starting in 2017.

Police on hand told lawmakers the measure would put senior citizens and people who live in the country at risk during emergencies because internet-based land lines and cellphones are less reliable.

The AARP says the legislation wrongly requires customers to make sure they have a reliable alternative.

"We feel this bill places all senior families at risk, who would lose access to land line service. Those families rely on land line service to reliably access 911 emergency service, many of them have medial monitors that don't work over cell phones," said Eric Schneideewind, a member of the AARP national board.

Phone companies support the legislation, as a way to stream-line regulations and free-up money to spend on more cell towers and updated fiber optic networks, instead of traditional land lines that fewer and fewer customers are using.

The legislation could clear the House this week.

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