- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - 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 (Kan.) Journal-World (https://bit.ly/1X6Ooaf ) 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. Those decreases have been happening as email, instant messaging, cellphones and other communications options have grown in popularity, according to Day.

The school’s IT department was the first department to do away with landlines, Day said. And the new engineering building was constructed with no copper wiring for traditional phones.

“That is the model going forward for new buildings or major remodels or major new additions,” he said.

The School of Business will be the first entire school to transition, when faculty and staff move into Capital Federal Hall - also constructed sans phone wiring - later this year.

Cost for the new service is not expected to be significantly lower or higher than the traditional phone service, although Day said the university expects significant “cost avoidance.”

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, https://www.ljworld.com

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