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In my view a land line is necessary in case of an emergency and cell towers are not working (fire, earthquake, etc.).

It depends on where your dwelling is located and when it was built to determine if you have a "land line". My mother's home was built in the late nineties when AT&T was promoting fiber-optic connections to the home. There's no telephone service when there is a power outage.

Telephone service generally returns when power is restored but, occasionally, service won't be restored until a technician is sent out to reset one or more fiber-optic repeaters. Discovered this during one of the PG&E rolling blackouts last year.

Fortunately, cell phone services became available when power was restored allowing us to notify AT&T about the outage.
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