[sc:internet-category ]I’ve had a Bell phone line since I was a teenager (in fact I had three when I was a teenager running a BBS in my basement). There as NEVER been a time I didn’t have a landline handy, however over the last 5 years or so it was only “just in case”.
As of February 22nd 2012, I no longer have a Bell phone line.
And Bell sent me a nice little “Thank You” card in the mail making sure I knew if there was anything they could do to win back my business to just give them a call.
Yea right, exactly how scared must Bell be about its traditional phone service at this point?
Sure, like newspapers, there’s going to be an older demographic (or those that can’t get high-speed Internet) that will continue to subscribe to phone service, but the vast majority are moving away from landlines. At some point there will be more ADSL lines than phone lines.
But Bell has to maintain phone service availability to every address, how much are they going to have subsidize landlines from other businesses (like ADSL) to make this commercially viable?
Bell is about to have to go through a significant transition, but it doesn’t seem like they’re ready. While high density area’s like Toronto are starting to get FTTH, these are limited rollouts, Bell should be aggressively pushing FTTH out to their entire network.
If they don’t, they won’t just be loosing landlines in the future…