Nofs legislation protects citizens’ access to home phone service

For Immediate Release:
Dec. 5, 2013

Contact: Greg Moore

LANSING—Legislation that increases consumer protections and ensures that every Michigan resident will continue to have access to high quality home phone service was approved by the Michigan Senate on Thursday, said sponsor state Sen. Mike Nofs.

Senate Bill 636 would update the Michigan Telecommunications Act to make it easier for phone companies to invest in the new, more efficient communications services and technologies that customers are demanding. 

“Technology is a constantly changing field,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “New and innovative technology brought us the telephone in the 19th century and now high-speed broadband and 4G wireless in the 21st century. This legislation establishes the process for transitioning to new technology while ensuring citizens’ continued access to reliable home phone service. This legislation will not remove landlines, it will modernize them.”

SB 636 modifies the process telephone providers must go through in order to transition to new technologies while maintaining strong authority for the Michigan Public Service to ensure that consumers will continue to have access to reliable home phone service, 911, and emergency services.

“The internet has changed the way the world works, and it has already changed how millions of people talk on the phone,” Nofs said. “This bill ensures our constituents are protected while delivering new and improved technology. It’s the best of both worlds.”

Senate Bill 636 now advances to Michigan House of Representatives for further consideration