*(Via Government Technology) – In a surprising shift, adults appear to be choosing wireless smartphones for Internet access over Comcast and other wireline broadband providers, according to a study released Monday.
The Pew Research Center report described both a national decline in traditional broadband homes and a growth in smartphone-only households.
Nationally, broadband-wired homes fell to 67 percent of households this year from 70 percent in 2013, the study said. Smartphone-only households rose to 13 percent from 8 percent over the same two years.
The most pronounced of the changes are taking place among African Americans, Hispanics, and low-income individuals. According to Pew, almost one-fifth of African Americans rely only on smartphones and wireless services such as T-Mobile, Boost, Sprint or AT&T for Internet access, up from one-tenth of African Americans in 2013.
“We were surprised in the consistency of the shifts,” John Horrigan, senior researcher at the Pew Research Center and author of the “Home Broadband 2015” report, said Monday.
“Household budgets are tighter than ever so it has become attractive for people to go smartphone-only,” he added.
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