Week of January 7, 2018

It is impressive the positive feedback I receive from posting bits on this forum.  So let's noodle on another issue:
Primary elections are held in August and the general election is in November.  For those two dates the city is required to have a landline phone connection to the county to transmit the election results.  So really, for less than a total of 10 minutes every two years, we need a landline phone.  The rest of the time during the whole two years, the line has no value.  Yet the cost of installing, keeping it for three months, then removing it eats up the cost of removing it for the duration.  And it has to be a landline, no internet connection allowed--Don't want those pesky Russians hacking into our computers.
So what ideas do you have to solve this expensive proposition that we are currently stuck with?  I look forward to hearing from you!