There was a discussion a while ago about the decline in long distance
revenues. Students are switching to cellular and to phone cards and it is
reducing the amount of long distance charges that we collect. This is a
trend we noted through the last academic year. Spring/summer collections
appear to be the same as prior years (since the students are not here).
We have not had a chance to analyze the data (due to staff outages in
Telecom) so we cannot exactly determine the percentage reduction, but it
is a definite trend.
We use a long distance provider today that was selected from MiCTA
(http://www.micta.org/default.asp). MiCTA has distributed an RFP for
Cellular Telecommunication Services. We might evaluate this later.
I'm aware of at least one institution which has set up a lease arrangement
of cell phones for students to replace declining long distance revenues,
but with the complications of the administration of the lease, I've not
heard about a positive revenue stream. I am wondering if anyone has found
a way to at least break even before we go this route.
Additionally, SBC/Ameritech has noted a significant drop off in revenues
at pay phones due to cell phone usage. As a result, they have removed
many pay phones from campus.
Does anyone have any recommendations or ideas for options on this?
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