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Illinois broadband connections outnumber landlines

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The number of broadband Internet connections in Illinois has exceeded the number of phone landlines for the first time.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports:

  • The number of high-speed Internet connections in the state rose to 6.4 million last year.
  • Meanwhile, phone landlines fell to 6.2 million, a 31 percent drop.
  • Both are dwarfed by the number of Illinois wireless subscribers - about 11.6 million last year.

An official with the Illinois Commerce Commission predicts broadband will continue to grow as landlines decrease.

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