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In this Friday, May 31, 2013 photo, Robert Post, 85, talks to The Associated Press about his home, in Mantoloking, N.J., which was flooded during Superstorm Sandy last year. Post has a pacemaker that needs to be checked once a month by phone, but the  phone company refuses to restore the area's landlines after they were damaged by the storm. Verizon doesn't want to replace washed-away lines and waterlogged underground cables because phone lines are outdated, it says. Meanwhile, the company is offering a wireless device that can be plugged into home phones for service, but the system does not work with pacemakers or fax machines. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

In this Friday, May 31, 2013 photo, Robert Post, 85, talks to The Associated Press about his home, in Mantoloking, N.J., which was flooded during Superstorm Sandy last year. Post has a pacemaker that needs to be checked once a month by phone, but the phone company refuses to restore the area's landlines after they were damaged by the storm. Verizon doesn't want to replace washed-away lines and waterlogged underground cables because phone lines are outdated, it says. Meanwhile, the company is offering a wireless device that can be plugged into home phones for service, but the system does not work with pacemakers or fax machines. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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  • In this Friday, May 31, 2013 photo, Robert Post, 85, talks to The Associated Press about his home, in Mantoloking, N.J., which was flooded during Superstorm Sandy last year. Post has a pacemaker that needs to be checked once a month by phone, but the  phone company refuses to restore the area's landlines after they were damaged by the storm. Verizon doesn't want to replace washed-away lines and waterlogged underground cables because phone lines are outdated, it says. Meanwhile, the company is offering a wireless device that can be plugged into home phones for service, but the system does not work with pacemakers or fax machines. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
  • In this Friday, May 31, 2013 photo, Robert Post, left, and his wife, Jane Post, center, talk to neighbor Gail Kender inside their home, in Mantoloking, N.J., which was flooded during Superstorm Sandy last year. Robert Post, 85, has a pacemaker that needs to be checked once a month by phone, but the phone company refuses to restore the area's landlines after they were damaged by the storm. Verizon doesn't want to replace washed-away lines and waterlogged underground cables because phone lines are outdated, it says. Meanwhile, the company is offering a wireless device that can be plugged into home phones for service, but the system does not work with pacemakers or fax machines. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
  • In this Friday, May 31, 2013 photo, Robert Post, 85, walks down the stairs in his home, in Mantoloking, N.J., which was flooded during Superstorm Sandy last year. Post has a pacemaker that needs to be checked once a month by phone, but the  phone company refuses to restore the area's landlines after they were damaged by the storm. Verizon doesn't want to replace washed-away lines and waterlogged underground cables because phone lines are outdated, it says. Meanwhile, the company is offering a wireless device that can be plugged into home phones for service, but the system does not work with pacemakers or fax machines. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
  • In this Friday, May 31, 2013 photo, a wireless device that can be connected to a home phone for service is seen inside Robert Post's home, in Mantoloking, N.J., which was flooded during Superstorm Sandy last year. Post has a pacemaker that needs to be checked once a month by phone, but the  phone company refuses to restore the area's landlines after they were damaged by the storm. Verizon doesn't want to replace washed-away lines and waterlogged underground cables because phone lines are outdated, it says. Meanwhile, the company is offering the wireless device, but the system does not work with pacemakers or fax machines. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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