Internet Access by Smartphone Now Depresses Fixed Network Internet Access

As wireless substitution has been a major trend in voice communications, it now is measurably an issue for high speed access as well.

About 67 percent of U.S. adults have access to fixed network high speed Internet access, according to the Pew Research Center, down slightly from 70 percent in 2013.

Reliance on mobile Internet access appears to account for the change. More Americans are “smartphone-only” in 2015 than was the case in 2013.

Some 13 percent of adults rely on their smartphone for online access at home, up from the eight percent who did so in 2013.

The increase in “smartphone-only” adoption largely corresponds to the decline in home broadband adoption, according to Pew Research Center.

Smartphone adoption has reached parity with home broadband adoption (68 percent of U.S. adults report they use a smartphone, the same percentage as report using at-home fixed network Internet access.

The bottom line is that 80 percent of U.S. adults have either a smartphone or a home broadband connection, a small change from 2013, when 78 percent had one of these two access means.

Several groups are shifting their home internet connectivity away from broadband and toward smartphones

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