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Your old landline could get an early retirement
Your old landline could get an early retirement

Not since Alexander Graham Bell twisted pairs of wires together in the 1870s has the simple telephone technology that has served Americans for generations — the landline — faced such a threat to its existence. It's not just that droves of customers are dropping their home phones for cellphones, or switching to newer, fiber-based services such as Verizon's FiOS network. Major telecom companies have made no secret of their desire to abandon the traditional, copper wire-based phone service. AT&T wants to complete the switch within five years. Verizon, the dominant landline provider in Maryland, hasn't set a date. But there are many in Maryland and across the...