reply to Wilsdom
Re: $148 average subscriber bill .....
said by Wilsdom:My POTS line costs me less than $1/day and short of a drunk driver taking out the telephone pole will never fail me.
the obsolete land-line are of little to no value.
So long as the service remains bulletproof and inexpensive I'll never part with basic POTS. Ours is completely no frills; no special calling features whatsoever and long distance service exclusively for emergencies. The line itself is only for emergencies, local outgoing calls, plus the occasional incoming call. We don't give the number to businesses that we deal with; just family, close friends, and our employers.
Some people laugh at us but we had the last laugh during the floods in 2011 when we were one of three households on the block with working phone service. The cellular network was effectively useless for three days (too many destroyed cell-sites combined with the extra load of an emergency) while VoIP products ceased to function because of the extended power outage.