We want you to support HR 1289, the Preserving Home and Office Numbers in Emergencies (PHONE) Act of 2019 introduced by Representative Mike Thompson.
We need to restrict the reassignment of telephone numbers during and after a declared major disaster unless specifically requested by the subscriber.
This restriction is both kind and reasonable.
The restriction should be in effect approximately 36-60 months past the occurance of the "event" giving the subscriber time to recover, find financing and rebuild their homes.
Further the phone company should redirect the landline numbers to cell phones for a nominal fee.
When the time limit almost up, the phone company must widely announce in the press, on radio and on TV reminding people of the termination.
New numbers must be generated for new residents in an area that has been devasted. Let this bill serve as the basis for again restructuring the phone system since it appears that the exponential number of (mostly cell) phones require more numbers than currently available.