Katie Couric's Notebook: Phonebooks

When's the last time you looked up someone's number in the phone book?

I know - I can't remember either.

If it's not in my cell phone, I just find the number online ... and I don't even need my reading glasses.

So, the biggest phone company here in New York, Verizon, wants state regulators to change the rules that say every home with a telephone automatically gets a new phone book every year. Verizon estimates that could save five thousand tons of paper. It's a change already approved in several states, including Florida, Ohio, Georgia and Oklahoma.

Residents who want updated White Pages could still request them. Otherwise, they'd get only the Yellow Pages. They'll still arrive with a thud on your doorstep...because with all those ads, they actually make money.

Of course, those old thick phone books did have one advantage. When I have to reach for something on the top shelf, or need a doorstop in a jiffy, my laptop just doesn't do the trick.

That's a page from my notebook.

I'm Katie Couric, CBS News.