After a formal survey found that incoming students prefer using their cell phone (surprise!), the University of Kentucky decided to discontinue landline voice connections for its student dormitories. It's an $840,000 savings. I'm not sure if many other universities have done the same thing or considered it, but it seems like an obvious move at this point. It is an easy way for colleges to find more money to put into broadband, wireless or other communications facilities.
At the same time, telcos should take note and adjust their strategies for supplying services to universities. These schools may not be the easy cash cows they once were for telcos--or maybe they still can be.
- see this story at NKY.com
Maybe there is hope for landlines after all
Embarq just announced a new landline voicemail screening service