Universities hang up on land lines in dorms | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 13 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Sep 13, 2010, titled Universities hang up on land lines in dorms | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Corey Carter, a freshman at Capital University in Bexley, says the only land-line phone in his dorm is at the front desk.

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sue

Akron, OH

#1 Sep 13, 2010
I'm going to sound like a dinosaur, but when I went to the University of Akron, we had to pay for our own land lines.

There were computers only for the computer science kids, and they were room sized then. And the idea of cell phones hadn't even been thought of.

Believe it or not that was only in the early 70's.
DA BEARS

Columbus, OH

#2 Sep 13, 2010
What in the world is a land line?
MikeH

Charleston, WV

#3 Sep 13, 2010
sue wrote:
I'm going to sound like a dinosaur, but when I went to the University of Akron, we had to pay for our own land lines.
There were computers only for the computer science kids, and they were room sized then. And the idea of cell phones hadn't even been thought of.
Believe it or not that was only in the early 70's.
Well, Sue, I feel like a dinosaur also. When I was at OSU in the mid-80's I don't recall if we had to pay for our land line or not, but having a land line in your room was a given. To not have one would be like not having electricity.

Now when I look at the cell phones everyone has (yes, including the one clipped to my belt right now) with the ability to not only make calls practically anywhere in the world but also with more computing power than the room-sized ones of the 70's (and large, heavy desktop ones of the 80's), I feel very old some days.
Tea Farty

Columbus, OH

#4 Sep 13, 2010
sounds like a good plan, but I bet they don't pass the savings on to students...

Since: Aug 10

Columbus, OH

#5 Sep 13, 2010
This is great, until one of the students dials 9-1-1 from his or her cell phone and gets connected to the city police, or the county sheriff, or the State Highway Patrol. Many of these schools have police departments that traditionally answer 9-1-1 calls, while some others have emergency numbers for students to call. When those 9-1-1 calls are routed to an off-campus police agency, that agency might no know how to properly respond. Most dorms have names (like Smith Hall or Jones Hall) and students don't know street addresses. Saying, "I'm in Jones Hall" doesn't mean much to a dispatcher miles away and unfamiliar with the campus. It also doesn't allow the person answering to know if the caller is on the first floor, the third floor or the twentieth floor.
hamburger pimp

Circleville, OH

#6 Sep 13, 2010
I need new glasses, I thought the headline in the topics list read "land MINES".
Ohiostudent

Columbus, OH

#7 Sep 13, 2010
I would like a land line, and it seems just another act of stinginess on OSU part to delete them. I know many people only use their cell phones, but traditional land lines still have some advantages. I, for one, love the free local calls, which can save you money in the end. When you're in college, most calls are local anyway. Also, they usually work during a power outage. This can be a lifesaver in emergencies.
Cru Jones

Columbus, OH

#8 Sep 13, 2010
"At the end of 2009, a quarter of all U.S. households didn't have land lines and used only cell phones, according to a survey by the National Center for Health Statistics. That number was up 9 percentage points from two years earlier."

25% sounds low to me.
Concerned Citizen

Reynoldsburg, OH

#9 Sep 13, 2010
Back in the late fifties and early sixties, when I was a student at Capital University, there was a phone at the front desk, and one at the end of each hall. This sounds like "back to the future."
College Parent

Dayton, OH

#10 Sep 13, 2010
Our son goes to Marietta College. They removed the land lines last year and in exchange from the savings they are getting, they are all given free access to the washers and dryers. We were thrilled - this is a much better trade-off - the university passed the savings along to the students/parents, and they will provide a land line for those that request it.
Pragmatic

Columbus, OH

#11 Sep 13, 2010
I am with Sue- When I went to Ohio University in the 80's, we had to go to GTE and put down a deposit to get phone service in the dorms. Gotta love technology!
salon girl

Canal Winchester, OH

#12 Sep 13, 2010
Ohiostudent wrote:
I would like a land line, and it seems just another act of stinginess on OSU part to delete them. I know many people only use their cell phones, but traditional land lines still have some advantages. I, for one, love the free local calls, which can save you money in the end. When you're in college, most calls are local anyway. Also, they usually work during a power outage. This can be a lifesaver in emergencies.
i am the parent of a student in college and i agree on all points. my daughter who is an upperclass at another college, has been waiteing for three weeks for the "land line" services to be reconneted to the campus apartment.

note though that cordless landlines won't work in a power outage after they loss their charge.
lucky girl

United States

#13 Sep 13, 2010
clearly this is Obama's fault.

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