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Ypsilanti’s free public phone is once again up and running

Not too long after we got the free public phone up and running across from Ypsi’s transit center this past spring, something terrible happened, and it died. Well, thanks to our friends at Futel, a replacement phone was shipped out from Portland, and we’ve once again got free phone service on Pearl Street. For those […]

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Ypsilanti once again has a payphone… only this time it’s free

Last summer, I posted an interview here with a fellow in Portland by the name of Karl Anderson. Anderson, as you may recall, had formed an activism/public arts entity by the name of Futel with the goal of democratizing telecommunications through the introduction of free payphones into America’s urban centers. Well, as you may also […]

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Futel’s campaign to bring back the public telephone, and the possibility that an Ypsilanti phone may be coming soon

Not too long ago, my friend Dug, knowing that I’d just purchased a former Michigan Bell Telephone building in Ypsilanti, put me in touch with a friend of his in Portland by the name of Karl Anderson. Karl, he told me, was looking for places to install “free payphones.” Well, late this last winter, Karl […]

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