Shotlist :

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New Jersey - June 7, 2013

1. Close, wall mounted telephone

2. Medium, hand picking up landline

3. Wide, man talking on his landline

4. Close, man talking on the phone

5. Close, phone being hung up

6. SOUNDBITE (English) : Ken MacPherson, Landline user :

"I don't know where the landlines stop and start around here, but I know on this peninsula they're gone. "

7. Wide, SuperStorm Sandy devastation in Mantoloking New Jersey

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New York - June 14, 2013

8. Close, phone wire unearthed by Sandy on Fire Island New York

9. Wide, a bundle of phone cable on Fire Island

10. Close, a bundle of phone wire

11. Close, an individual phone wire hooked to an exterior connector box

12. Close, old bell system sign in the sand

13. Close, phone jack and cables in a home

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New York - June 18, 2013

14. Close, hands using smartphone

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New York - June 14, 2013

15. Close, dangling phone wires

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New Jersey - June 7, 2013

16. Wide, telephone poles

17. Close, man's hand dialing

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Washington D. C. - June 6, 2013

18. SOUNDBITE (English) : Harold Feld, Public knowledge :

"There is a lot of concern that while we want to transition and move forward we can't do it in a way that suddenly throws all these people who are relying on the traditional stable consumer friendly phone system under the bus."

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New York - June 20, 2013

19. Close, hand picking up a princess phone

20. Close, hand picking up a phone and dialing

21. Close, empty desk where phone was

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New York - June 18, 2013

22. Wide, women talking on smart phone

23. Wide, man and women talking on smart phone

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New York - June 14, 2013

24. SOUNDBITE (English) : Tom Maguire, Verizon :

"As technology continue to advance more and more people are going to be picking different technologies to use for however they want to communicate with each other."

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New York - June 20, 2013

25. Wide, hand picking up a cordless phone

26. Close, message indicator on a phone

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Washington D. C. - June 7, 2013

27. SOUNDBITE (English) : Grant Seiffert, Telecommunications Industry Association :

" The future of landline services is not going away. It will always be relied on for many many more years."

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New Jersey - June 7, 2013

28. Wide, man talking on his home phone

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New York - June 14, 2013

29. Close, phone technician during an installation

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New York - June 20, 2013

30. Close, phone jack in a home with wires exposed

31. Wide, hand putting a cordless phone in the cradle

(VOICEOVER)

Nats (Phone ringing)

KEN MCPHERSON HAS BEEN GETTING CALLS IN HIS NEW JERSEY HOME THE SAME WAY FOR YEARS.

UNTIL SUPERSTORM SANDY DISCONNECTED HIS COPPER WIRE CONNECTION.

SOUNDBITE (English) : Ken MacPherson, Landline user :

"I don't know where the landlines stop and start around here, but I know on this peninsula they're gone. "

Nats

SINCE SANDY HIT, PHONE COMPANIES HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR ALTERNATIVES TO RELAYING THE PRICEY COPPER WIRE.

Nats (if you'd like to make a call)

THIS HAS LED TO CHARGES THAT THE OLD BABY BELLS WANT TO HANG UP ON THEIR LANDLINE OBLIGATION AND FOCUS ON WIRELESS SERVICES.

Nats (please hang up and try again)

CRITICS SAY ABANDONING THE COPPER SAFETY NET WOULD IMPACT THE POOR AND SENIOR CITIZENS.

SOUNDBITE (English) : Harold Feld, Public knowledge :

"There is a lot of concern that while we want to transition and move forward we can't do it in a way that suddenly throws all these people who are relying on the traditional stable consumer friendly phone system under the bus."

Nats ( dial tone)

THE PHONE COMPANIES POINT OUT THAT MORE THAN HALF OF ALL LANDLINES HAVE DISAPPEARED IN THE LAST TEN YEARS.

AND THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE CUTTING THE CORD CONTINUES TO GROW.

SOUNDBITE (English) : Tom Maguire, Verizon :

"As technology continue to advance more and more people are going to be picking different technologies to use for however they want to communicate with each other."

Nats ( ringing of the phone)

INDUSTRY INSIDERS SAY IT'S PREMATURE TO CALL LANDLINES DEAD.

SOUNDBITE (English) : Grant Seiffert, Telecommunications Industry Association :

" The future of landline services is not going away. It will always be relied on for many many more years.

Nats ( click into phone jack)

AS FOR MCPHERSON. HIS HOME PHONE IS NOW CONNECTED TO A WIRELESS NETWORK.

Nats (ringing)

THE QUESTION OF WHETHER TO ALLOW THE PHONE COMPANIES TO ABANDON TRADITIONAL LANDLINES IS NOW IN THE HANDS OF REGULATORS.

JOSEPH FREDERICK ASSOCIATED PRESS.

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