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 retired from Minnesota Public Radio in 2019 after 12 years of writing NewsCut and pointing out to complainants that posts weren’t news stories. A son of Massachusetts, he was a news editor 1992-1998, created the MPR News regional website in 1999, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day lamented that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.