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25 years ago: Phone companies investigate long-distance ‘code abuse’ by KU students

April 18, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 18, 1987:

  • A recent report showed the statistics on teenage pregnancy in the county. The report, issued by the Douglas County Task Force on Adolescent Pregnancy, revealed that the teen pregnancy rate during the period of 1981-1985 had remained steady and was in fact below the statewide rate. However, the percentage of Douglas County teens having abortions was close to double the Kansas average.
  • Officials for two telephone companies, MCI Telecommunications and U.S. Sprint, had announced that hundreds of Kansas University students could face possible criminal charges or lawsuits for making illegal long-distance phone calls. Investigators with the two companies had spent a week in Lawrence checking out the use of about 30 long-distance codes by KU students. Long-distance calls coming out of Lawrence had doubled since 1985, an increase that investigators said was attributable to code abuse. A representative with MCI said that the company was attempting to focus its prosecution efforts on people who had distributed or sold the codes. About two more weeks were needed to collect evidence, which MCI said had been gathered by electronic surveillance devices.


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