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: Federal Communications Commission, Public Utility Commission of Texas, and the U.S. Census Bureau, 2017.

 Mobile Wireless Phone Subscribers (in thousands)

  2000  2005  2009   2011  2013 2015
 Texas 6,705  14,424  21,008  23,482  25,481  28,220
 U.S. 90,643 192,053  238,230  261,284  290,304  310,691

 

 Local Telephone Land Lines (in thousands)

  2000  2005  2009   2011  2013  2015
Texas 13,657  12,310  10,500  9,590  8,840  8,330
 U.S. 188,500 157,041  152,945  143,319  133,233  123,671

 

Internet Connections (in thousands)

  2000  2005  2009   2011  2013 2015
 Texas 253  2,943  7,484  17,487  23,612  29,011
 U.S. 4,107 42,518  102,043  206,124  275,608  356,212


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.