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U.S. Households Are Abandoning Landlines

Paul Rubens - May 5, 2017 - 08:22 AM
U.S. Households Are Abandoning Landlines
Young adults, in particular, see no need to use aging fixed-line telephony services.

(CCM) — U.S. households are abandoning landlines in record numbers, with less than half now having one, according to a BBC report. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey quoted in the report found that 50.8% of U.S. homes have at least one mobile phone and no landline; while 3.3% of homes surveyed had no landline and no mobile phone. The number of households that do not have a landline rose by 2.5% from 2015 to 2016.

The CDC survey found that younger adults, aged in the 25-34 bracket, were significantly more likely than the general population to live in homes without landlines; suggesting that fixed-line telephony is a technology which is seen as unnecessary and out-of-date. Less than 30% of people in this age range have a landline, the survey found.

In countries such as the U.K. the number of households without landlines is much lower — 18% in the case of the U.K. The reason for this may be that most homes need a landline in order to get a broadband internet connection. However, in the U.S. many households can get a broadband internet connection from their cable provider. In some areas it is also possible to get a fast wireless internet connection over the cellphone network with downloads speeds of up to 85 mbps possible in some parts of Chicago.

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