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Phone books becoming obsolete?

October 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — What is black, white and read all over? As of recently — not the phone book.

As CenturyLink rolled out this year’s phone book — which was as thick as a magazine — many reminisced about the “old days” when the phone book was several inches thick and a vault of information.

Over the last several years, phone books across the U.S. have been shrinking — some telecommunications companies have stopped producing them completely.

Three years ago, New York, Florida and Pennsylvania approved Verizon Communcations Inc.’s request to stop distributing the white pages.

The lack of content isn’t the phone companies’ fault, though, as more and more people are dropping their landlines and switching to cellular devices, which are not published in the phone book, leaving phone books thin and inconvenient.

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