Last fall, in the days following Hurricane Sandy, hundreds of New Yorkers were lined up, waiting for their turn to use the pay phone. The storm knocked out 25 percent of the cell phone towers from New Hampshire to North Carolina, leaving millions of people without cell service! Land lines have been mostly turned into vintage holdovers by the rise of the mobile phone. By 2006, about 10 percent of households ditched their land lines completely, and between 2008 and 2011, the number of wireless-only households nearly doubled. Even pay phones in major cities fell into disrepair.
Still, land line telephones have proved themselves useful ports in a storm for decades. Because they rely on underground copper wire rather than electricity and radio waves, they’re usually dependable when other forms of communication break down. There are other reasons to keep your land line as well. For instance, when you dial 911 from a cell phone, operators will not be able to immediately identify your location like they can from a land line. Not to mention, if your cell phone is turned off or the battery is dead, in an emergency you don’t have time to wait to turn it on or plug it in to charge. Additionally, some home security companies depend on a land line to trigger the alarm from their automated system, which connects you to a dispatcher.
Most rural households have traditional phones because cell towers are few and far between. Wireless service can be spotty and expensive for rural communities. So you see, there are many important concerns that keep people plugged in.
Are you ready for communication if a disaster strikes our area?
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