For decades, traditional copper-based landlines, known as Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS), were the way we got our dial tone. AT&T is trying to change that because fewer people are using them. They’ve asked the California Public Utilities Commission if they can stop being required to provide this service since they’re focusing more on expanding their fiber and wireless networks. This change might leave over 580,000 customers with fewer options for phone services. Across the board, other companies are also seeing less demand for these old landlines. Meanwhile, a survey showed that 73% of adults mainly use wireless services instead of having a landline at home. We’ve exclusively used mobile in our family for over 20 years.

AT&T is the latest phone provider that just took a step further in retiring traditional landlines.