The deadline is today to stop delivery of the Cleveland Yellow Pages

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Today is the deadline for residents of the Cleveland area to choose not to have printed Yellowbook phone books delivered to your business or home. Thursday April 12 is the deadline to opt out of receiving AT&T directories.

Go to to select the phone books you want to receive or to stop delivery altogether.

Nationally, regulators have granted telecommunications companies like Verizon and AT&T permission to stop printing phone books in certain markets. While yellow pages can come from many sources – telephone companies, merchants, independent publishers, among others – telephone companies have a regulatory obligation to print residential white pages.

So far, about 20 state utility boards, including Ohio, have approved white pages on an opt-in basis, according to the Local Search Association, which promotes opt-out on page d home of the Commercial Industry Group website. In these markets, those who wish can either request a CD-ROM or a printed telephone directory.

Yet in a Burke poll of 8,000 people nationwide that was released last year, 74 percent of U.S. consumers said they had used printed yellow pages in the past year to find a local business.

Calvin W. Soper