Iowa State, the Ames, Iowa based university with 26,000 students, has decided to remove all landlines from student dorms next year. Iowa State will use the funds saved by removing landline service to deploy dorm wide Wi-Fi networks. Students can still request a landline for a one-time fee of $35 and $15/month.
The all wireless trend for college dorms is growing, and quickly. The University of Kentucky dropped landline service in 2008. Campus Technology reports the “… school could save $140,000 annually by reallocating the landline resources, and by providing 802.11 wireless service for students.”
Moves like this kind of state the obvious. Generally speaking, the college student demographic doesn’t even understand the concept of a landline phone. It illustrates that wireless as the primary means of communication is moving from a personal choice to an institutional and societal norm.