August 23, 2014

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The future of landline telephone service in Kentucky

By Greg Stotelmyer

The idea of deregulating telephone service is back before Kentucky lawmakers. A bill filed Tuesday would free phone companies from having to provide landline service in most areas.

Scott Wegenast, AARP Kentucky communications director, said the landline remains a lifeline for many seniors.

"It's too early to cut the line on these landline telephones for seniors," he said. "It's a basic, no-frills way for these individuals to stay in touch with their family and their doctors."

Wegenast says AARP wants the Kentucky Public Service Commission to continue regulating the phone industry to protect access to traditional home phone service.