North Dakota tops list of states abandoning land line telephones

FARGO – More than half of Americans, 51.7 percent, no longer regularly use a landline telephone in their homes, a recent National Health Interview Survey by the CDC shows.

North Dakota’s switchover to cellphones has been strong, states the CDC report that measured phone use in states from 2010-11.

About 41.6 percent of North Dakotans are strictly cellphone users in their homes. Only Idaho at 44.6 percent, Arkansas 42.4 at percent and Mississippi at 42.3 percent posted higher cell-only usage, stated the CDC’s National Health Statistics Report.

Meanwhile, 32.3 percent of Minnesotans were strictly cellphone users in their household.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • schreib

    Cell phones are fine, but I want my land line. Land line phones are much more reliable in most circumstances and you don’t have to re-charge them.

  • cylde

    Total abandonment would be a grave mistake for the reliability of our communication system. Huge volumes of traffic can be carried by underground glass fiber line. The old copper lines might only be needed for the last mile to end users, but when one system fails it is vital to have a back up in place and functional. It is not redundancy.