No More Phonebooks?
The Public Service Commission will hold its regularly scheduled conference on Tuesday.
One of the items on the agenda includes a proposal by AT&T Florida to discontinue their policy of giving customers a printed copy of residential listings up front. Customers will continue to receive a copy of the yellow pages but must request a free copy of the white pages by calling the company.
This will be a cost savings and help to reduce waste. People are increasingly turning to the Internet to find local services and using sites like Facebook to keep up with personal contact information.
Even though physical phone book usage is on the decline across the nation, phone companies continue to print and deliver 540 million unsolicited directories a year. Although the decline in advertising that has plagued the rest of the publishing industry is affecting the yellow pages business as well, and many books are a lot thinner this year then they were in previous editions.