Yes but those people should be paying for them. We shouldn't live in a society where a new baby automatically means a new phone, credit card and a weekly manicure. There was a time when a phone was considered a luxury. We had a neighbor, when I was growing up, they were poor and they needed a phone for his work. They gave out my parents number when he had jobs pop up. Annoying for my parents, they had to drive down their road about a mile away, whenever he got a call but they did it.
I just don't understand how people can complain that America is going to heck in a hand basket but still expect these types of services.
I pay $20 for my landline, which is one of the reasons i still have it and havn't canceled it because I have a cell phone. I DO know alot of folks that have gone to a cell all the time and have no landline. But my landline is JUST service. I get no call waiting, no 3 way, no long distance. There are ways to make your landline more affordable, and not requiring taxpayers to pay for it.