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Landline phones in N.D. up for first time in 10 years, wireless phones down

BISMARCK – The number of landline telephones in North Dakota increased this year for the first time in a decade, the state’s Public Service Commission reported Thursday.

North Dakota currently has 258,152 land lines, an increase of 2,181 from last year’s count but still down 25 percent from 2004’s count of 344,704.

Telecommunications providers report the numbers annually to the commission.

Commission Chairman Brian Kalk said that along with growth in North Dakota’s population and number of businesses, the state also has a booming telecommunications sector, which is good for consumers.

The number of wireless phones in use in North Dakota has dropped to 521,578 from last year’s all-time high of 524,906, but still has increased 76 percent in the past decade.

Kalk said more people are turning to wireless phones as an alternative or supplement to traditional landline phones.

North Dakota’s population grew by more than 22,000 people last year to a record high of 723,393, making it the fastest-growing state in the nation, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates.


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