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Payphones Of The Future

Wednesday 06 April 2005 at 1:41 pm I was reading about how phone companies are removing unprofitable pay phones from places across the US. In some cases, this is causing a lot of uproar from residents of smaller communities, where cell service may be spotty or non-existent, or where many residents don't have their own home phone.

We have so much technology that it seems silly that we don't have a solution. In the article above, the Fayette Country Store had their pay phone removed by the phone company because it was unprofitable. Why can't the store provide a pay phone?

The store probably gets a decent amount of business by having that pay phone available. Now why couldn't the store get their own pay phone, charge 2x as much for calls, and pay for itself. The pay phone could be controlled by a cheap PC inside, use a standard phone line or even a cell line, and sell phone cards at the store...profit!

I know there are companies that provide pay phone service to other businesses, maybe not in Maine though. I just think it is silly that people complain about the phone company being more interested in the revenue than the community. The community needs to take action themselves, and the technology is there for them to use. If they want a phone, they should pay for it, regardless of who is running it.

Besides, access to a telephone isn't a constitutional right.