Sometimes change is pushed by annoyance and inconvenience, not just cost and usefulness. That seems to be happening with the telephone system.
Surely I am not the only one to think it: If I finally get rid of the landline, will those incredibly annoying marketing phone calls stop?
When did the sound of the phone ringing go from being a welcome ding-a-ling to an obnoxious interruption? If I were running AT&T or Verizon, I’d be really worried about this political campaign stretching endlessly to the horizon. It’s a turning point for the phone system, I think.
Landline phones have become the domain of the zombie fundraisers and push pollsters. Friends working this political cycle tell me those of us living close to the capital have no idea how bad it gets in the swing districts when voters are targeted with constant phone calls by superPACs, political parties and candidates desperate for a few more votes or donations. It’s the death knell of the landline phone system, I think. Who hasn’t thought of flinging it out the window when one more unknown caller tricks you into answering only to find stunning silence while the voice activated response comes alive? And this is from someone who regularly contributes to candidates. (Maybe that’s the problem.)
There are many reasons for the rise of mobile technology but this is one. If the zombies ever invade the mobile space, we are really done for. There are solid reasons to have landlines, especially with a rise in natural disasters, but the way the system is being managed makes me fear for its future. And of course it is the politicians who have abused the regulatory system by giving themselves exceptions. They are killing their own golden goose.
Meanwhile, over at Facebook, my original peg last week of $30 a share is looking pretty good.