Voice Communications: Campus Payphones Removed

Last spring MCI decided to enact the portion of their state contract that stipulates the client must pay for the difference between a payphone's actual revenue and MCI's cost. Communications Resources convened a campus committee to consider UC Davis? options. Those phones that were profitable were retained, while those that were co-located with the profitable phones were removed. The committee also evaluated which payphones were essential to public safety and/or public relations, drawing on expertise from the Police Department, Student Affairs, and Public Relations. Phones deemed a public safety or public relations necessity were either retained or replaced with an emergency or courtesy phone; the goal was to leave no campus area vulnerable. As a follow-up, the Office of Administration will lead an effort to create a public access phone policy, outlining where to place public phones to ensure the safety of our constituents and visitors.