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University of Kentucky Hangs Up Students' Landlines

Mon Sep 15, 2008 - 9:29 AM EDT - By Jay Gross

The University of Kentucky is giving up on students' land-based phones, as students go in for their own cell phones, anyway. The move, effective this semester, saves the university $840,000 - that's $25 a line that the landlines cost.

University said the savings is being passed on to students. Well, sort of. "That's the reason we were able not to raise housing costs for this year," said Ben Crutcher, associate vice president for auxiliary services. Another $100,000 of the savings went for improvements to Internet connections in the dorms.

The university's 5,600 dorm residents still can request a landline, but only seven had done so a day after the academic year began.

Read some of the students' comments, if you want, here.

According to the article, a survey found that 98.2 percent of UK's dorm-bound students in dorms own and prefer to use cell phones. The dorms had 3,060 landline phones. Now they have 260, including hall phones for emergency use.

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