Telephone Landlines Are Disappearing
- In December, the Centers for Disease Control found that as many as 47% of American adults lived in homes with only mobile phones for telephone service (no traditional telephone line).
- More than 2/3 of adults aged 25–29 (71.3%) and aged 30-34 (67.8%) lived in households with only wireless telephones.
- The percentage of adults living with only wireless telephones decreased as age increased beyond 35 years: 56.6% for those 35–44; 40.8% for those 45–64; and 19.3% for those 65 and over.
- The Benton Foundation’s blog has a post by three researchers that suggests one of the key barriers often mentioned in broadband adoption, “relevance,” may mask other fundamental issues such as price and ability to pay. The researchers suggest in response to broadband adoption surveys that show people “not interested in getting online,” adding follow-up questions that focus on cost and digital literacy.
- The CPUC's California Broadband Report based on June 2011 wireline subscription data looked at seven variables to see if there might be any correlation with wireline adoption rates. The table below summarizes relationships between the wireline adoption rates of California census tracts and a series of demographic variables.
- This list is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather includes variables with some of the highest explanatory power, such as median household income and educational attainment indicators, along with variables that would be expected to hold a high degree of explanatory power, but in fact do not, such as density.