This is old news, but worth a revisit in light of Ransomware hitting the world last week , BT wants to get rid of fixed line connection (which still allows one to connect to the internet using a modem which does 28.8 kbits connection optionally).
But do you know that fixed line connection is more secure than your broadband connection?
Since fixed line is not internet based therefore one does not get the hacking, malware, ransomware by virtual of not connected to the internet unless you open a modem data connection. This allows landline verbal communication even when the internet is down or when your ISP , mobile phone company network is down. As a benefit for example , in cyber warefare, the enemy could disrupt your internet but unable to destroy your fixed line connection easily? (As can be seen from the Ransomware as an illustration, computers had to be switched off and discsonnected from networks.)