Phone Companies Hanging Up on White Pages

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    NEWSLETTERS

    If you need a phone number, where do you go to find it?
    If you answered "the White Pages," you're in the rapidly shrinking minority.

    Telephone companies are getting permission to stop mass-printing residential phone books.  So far, Verizon has stopped production in New York, Florida and Pennsylvania.
    Virginia might be next, as residents have until November 19 to provide comments about the White Pages.  Click here to submit your comments online.
    Telephone companies argue that most people would rather jump online rather than flip through a giant phone book to get a number.
    "Anybody who doesn't have access to some kind of online way to look things up now is probably too old to be able to read the print
    in the White Pages anyway," joked Robert Thompson, a pop culture professor at Syracuse University.
    The extinction of the phone book will also help the environment, as companies will use less paper and ink.