In a sign of the times, the – all 3,060 of them. Students can still request a phone line if they like – so far this year, seven students have. The move came after the university conducted a survey, and found 98.2 percent of students in dorms own and prefer to use cell phones. While not surprising, this development is still quite eye opening. It hits traditional telecom carriers in two ways. One is the obvious trend that everyone already knows about – generation Y has little interest or need for a landline phone. In addition, colleges and universities have always been a lucrative source of telecom revenue for the carriers that are lucky to have them in their territories. If this trend continues, and there’s no reason to believe it won’t, traditional landline carriers will increasingly lose that revenue stream. It sets up an ugly one-two punch. Maybe they should change their approach. This market segment seems ripe for a broadband offering with a VoIP component, priced in such a way that voice is perceived as “free.”

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3 thoughts on “University of Kentucky Drops Dorm Landline Service

  1. I understand the dynamics behind this, but I’m still somewhat surprised. I would think in the wake of the Virginia Tech tragedy, schools would be looking to expand communications capabilities of all forms, not cut them back. Seems a little scary that those dorm rooms won’t be tied in to the landline 911 system.

  2. This has been going on for at least 5 years. One first needs good indoor coverage for cellular service, but once that’s addressed, there’s no reason to drop the dorm phone but maintain a public phone on each floor, or each wing.

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