NYC hanging up on public-telephone advertising.

The New York Post says that New York city has called for and end to public-telephone advertising. Fed up residents have complained about living in a cacophony of advertising messages and asked the city to curb the commercial clutter problem. Why install thousands of phone booths that are never used, since they rarely work, and most people have a cell phone anyway? Because the ad space makes money.

One city official said the new restrictions were needed because phones were being installed just for advertising, not because there was a need for people to make phone calls.

"It's become entirely an advertising market. There was no telecommunications rationale," the official said.

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