Thursday, May 13, 2010 - The Progress & Freedom Foundation Blog

Cord-Cutting Continues; 25% of Homes Now Wireless-Only

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released it's latest report on "Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey." For many years, this CDC report has shown a steady rise in "cord-cutting" with a gradual rise in the number of wireless-only homes. But we've now reached an important milestone of sorts with fully one-quarter of all U.S. homes now in the wireless-only camp. According to CDC:

One of every four American homes (24.5%) had only wireless telephones (also known as cellular telephones, cell phones, or mobile phones) during the last half of 2009--an increase of 1.8 percentage points since the first half of 2009. In addition, one of every seven American homes (14.9%) had a landline yet received all or almost all calls on wireless telephones.

Pretty stunning when you think about the fact that just a decade ago few of us even carried phones around in our pockets or purses. Despite what all the worry-warts and wanna-be regulators in Washington say, this is one hell of a dynamic marketplace.

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:14 PM | Communications