People recovering from natural disasters shouldn’t have to worry about keeping their landline phone numbers while they’re rebuilding their lives. Allowing these people to keep their landline phone numbers at no cost is inexpensive, and helps take one thing off their minds. Passing this bill now is particularly salient given the devastating wildfires sweeping the West; people affected by these natural disasters should be able to maintain their home and office phone numbers as needed.
In high-demand areas, every phone number with the home district area code is in high demand. Keeping unused landline phone numbers out of circulation will make it hard for phone companies in these high-demand areas to keep providing customers with phone numbers that have the home area code.