What percentage of school districts are connected to high-speed internet in the SLC member states?
What percentage of households in the SLC states use only cell phones?
A recent report by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) of the Center of Disease Control (CDC) noted that Southern states comprised six of the top ten U.S. states with the highest percentages of wireless-only households.
Most major survey research organizations in the U.S., including NCHS, traditionally have not included cell phone numbers when conducting random-digit-dial telephone surveys. The exclusion of households with only cell phones has implications on the results of health surveys, political polls, and other research conducted using random-digit-dial methods, and remains an obstacle to the acquisition of accurate statistics.
Therefore, the study is sure to be watched closely by telecommunications companies trying to better understand state and local markets, and by government, academic and commercial survey researchers using telephone polling to monitor health trends, politics and more.
The CDC, blending its own 2007 survey data with census updates, found the prevalence of cell-only households varies widely by state ‐ sometimes within regions and even between neighboring states. This is tied to differences by state in demographic indicators known to predict wireless-only ownership, especially being young and renting rather than owning a home.
The study's lead author, Stephen Blumberg, senior scientist at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, noted that the data are from 2007 and all signs indicate people keep substituting cell phones for landlines at a steady pace. Judging from the results of the study, the shift toward cell-phone only households appears to be most prevalent in the South. For example, Oklahoma with over one in four households using only cell phones, had the highest percentage of wireless-only households in the nation.
Mokrzycki, Mike. "Oklahoma, Utah tops in cell-only homes." Associated Press, 3/12/2009.
CDC/NCHS, National Health Interview Survey, 2007, and U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Annual and Social Economic Supplement, 2008.
Percentages were calculated by the State Health Access Data Assistance Center, University of Minnesota.
How do the SLC states rank in the prevalence of high-speed broadband networks?
High speed Internet is essential for economic growth and global competitiveness. The United States – the country that invented the Internet – has fallen from 1st to 15th in high-speed Internet penetration. The emergence of a new telecommunications system – one based on high-speed interactive networks designed for voice, data, and video communications – opens up tremendous opportunities for improving the quality of economic, civic, and personal lives. Conversely, the lack of widespread high-speed connections can hinder innovations in telemedicine, education, public safety, and home-based businesses. A recent report by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) highlights some of the benefits of an effective state-wide, high-speed broadband network:
In addition to the report, the CWA also has ranked all the states in the nation by their respective average internet download speeds and created model legislation to initiate the necessary growth in the electronic communications industry.
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