It’s shaping up to be a bad week for cultural icons.
A day after the Clydesdales became second-bananas to zombies, the telephone white pages are history in Minnesota.
The Star Tribune says the Public Utilities Commission has unanimously voted to relieve CenturyLink, the state’s largest phone provider, of the obligation to dump telephone directories on the stoop. They were required to distribute them under state law.
They’ll still be required to give customers a telephone directory if they ask for one, which brings up the obvious and unanswered question: Who on earth still requests one?
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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