Kansas University campus to become landline-free in two years


Kansas University’s Lawrence campus is getting ready to completely drop landline telephones in two years.

Information technology department spokesman David Day says the university is about a year in to a three-year process of replacing the campus’ traditional phone service with the Internet-based Skype for Business service.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that with the new service, all faculty and staff will make calls through the Internet using their computers or cellphones.

The Skype for Business service cost isn’t expected to be significantly different than the traditional phone service.

Day says that in the past several years, the number of calls to and from university landlines has decreased 55 percent, from 6.9 million calls in 2008 to 3.1 million calls in 2015.