IHL’s tackle loss of landline use
January 30th, 2007

An in-depth and informative article in University Business explores several ways IHEs (Institutions of Higher Learning) are responding as their students have switched in droves to cell phones:

Should a campus be wired for phone service? It’s a question that would have seemed odd only a few years ago. Although the answer used to be “yes” without fail, many institutions of higher ed are now seriously examining the issue, pondering whether traditional telephone company-based lines should be put into new buildings, or even yanked from a campus altogether.

The move away from landlines is a change sparked by students, and it’s being felt most in the accounts receivable office. Thanks to the popularity of cell phones, many colleges are getting socked by a revenue loss from decreased telephone landline usage on landlines that go completely unused. Dorm room phones, once a solid revenue stream of long distance charges, now rarely ring, and IHEs either don’t necessarily provide landline handsets or may not even have the service installed in new buildings.

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