Usually we list basic needs as food, water, and shelter but communication has become so necessary in the world that we don’t quite know what to do without it. CNBC reported, “More American households are ditching their old telephones: 4 out of 10 only use cell phones, a government survey shows. That’s twice the rate from just five years ago, although the pace of dumping landlines seems to have slowed down in recent years.” However, once wireless infrastructure is 99.8% reliable landlines might disappear altogether making these networks essential to our everyday lives. CNBC explained, “Why the slight levelling off? Experts could only speculate. The lead researcher on the CDC report, Stephen Blumberg, said it could be people are holding onto their landlines because it is part of their Internet and cable TV package. Or it could mean that we’re hitting a ceiling for those people willing to completely abandon landlines, said John Palmer, a researcher at the Autonomous University in Barcelona, Spain, who was not involved in the report.” It’s possible some generations are having trouble cutting the cord, which means in the decades to come landlines may fall into the category of telegrams and beepers. This is why it’s important to remove barriers for tower companies and carriers and allow them to complete their network build outs.