Saying Goodbye to the Yellow Pages


It’s the beginning of the end for a once in demand resource.

Verizon will soon end the mass distribution of business phone directories in New York State, a move intended to save money and cut down on paper.for younger generations smartphones can find almost anything, but can understand the impact it has on seniors.

Kate McGrath says, “I actually help out with an elderly woman and she doesn’t know anything about that type of thing. so I would say for people like that i would say to not get rid of it.”

For those that still want them, phone books can be delivered by request, but for Utica Coffee Roasting the change doesn’t seem to make a dent in their business. Most places on Bleecker street in Utica were easy to find.the end to move mass delivery of home directories in 2010 saved an estimated 13,000 tons of paper each year.

Elizabeth Lowe says it still doesn’t hurt to work the yellow pages. “The internet’s not completely reliable, if you have a power outage or you need to call somebody right then and there. it’s not a fail safe thing.”

And who knows, maybe the next time you look in the business pages….you’ll find what you’re looking for.

And for those looking for specific numbers, Verizon now makes listings available for free online.

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