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Telecommunications: High-Speed and Wireless

 

On their cellphones in Luckenbach.

On their cellphones in Luckenbach. Photo by Robert Plocheck.

The charts below show the move to wireless communications, and the decline in the number of telephone land lines in Texas and nationwide. The charts also show the growth of high-speed internet use in the state and in the United States. Source: Trends in Telephone Service, Federal Communications Commission, and the U.S. Census Bureau, December 2013.

 Mobile Wireless Phone Subscribers (in thousands)

  2000  2005  2007   2009  2011 2013
 Texas 6,705  14,424  18,792  21,008  23,482  25,481 
 U.S. 90,643 192,053  238,230  261,284  290,304  310,691 

 

 Local Telephone Land Lines (in thousands)

  2000  2005  2007   2009  2011  2013
Texas
13,657  10,945  9,693  8,949  7,046  5,160
 U.S. 188,500 157,041  135,121  122,597  92,958  75,082

 

High-Speed Connections for Internet (in thousands)

  2000  2005  2007   2009  2011 2013
 Texas 253  2,943  6,856  7,484  17,487  23,612
 U.S. 4,107 42,518  100,922  102,043  206,124  275,608

 

Type of Computer in Household: 2013 (in thousands)

  Household with computer 

Desktop or laptop 

Handheld*  Internet connection
  Number  % %
 Texas 7,635 83.8 NA NA  72.3
 U.S. 116,291 83.8 78.5 63.6 74.4

 *Handheld includes tablets and smart phones.

 

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