Get rid of basic service
I think the phone companies should be allowed to ditch basic telephone service (local only calling, long distance extra) and offer more modern plans that allow for unlimited flat rate local and long distance calling. The cost of voice traffic these days is so cheap that it is no longer necessary to charge for long distance. And people who have metered long distance are probably paying more than if they move to a flat rate plan.
This is not a new idea. We've had this for years. I live in an area area as rural as Iowa.
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