WASHINGTON, June 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FIRST PHONE BOOTH
Profile America — Thursday, June 22nd. America's first public phone booth was installed this month in 1880 in New Haven, Connecticut, just four years after the telephone was invented. These first public telephones were supervised by attendants, while those operated by coins came along nine years later. Today, it's increasingly rare to see a pay phone beyond transportation terminals, but the latest models have computer-like features, and worldwide, some booths are converting to wireless fidelity hot spots. Now, almost 98 percent of U.S. households have telephone service, and the number of cell phone subscriptions grew from 2 million in 1988 to over 300 million in 2010. Smart phone ownership is estimated to reach 220 million this year, or about two-thirds of the population. Profile America is in its 21st year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 7731
Phone booths/accessed 3/29/2017: www.bookrags.com/research/telephone-booth-woi/#gsc.tab=0
Hotspot growth/accessed 3/29/2017: www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2172374/New-York-phone-booths-makeover-WiFi-hotspots.html
Cell phones: https://www.infoplease.com/science-health/cellphone-use/cell-phone-subscribers-us-1985a2010
Households with phone service/American Community Survey: https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/CP04
Cell phone and smart phone ownership/accessed 3/29/2017: www.statista.com/topics/2711/us-smartphone-market/
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau