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Published October 13, 2011, 10:11 PM

Wi-Fi is connecting the community more and more each day

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- People in the U.S. are more connected than ever before. In fact, wireless subscriptions now outnumber the number of people in this country for the first time ever. So just how do we have almost 12-million more connections than people in this country?

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- People in the U.S. are more connected than ever before. In fact, wireless subscriptions now outnumber the number of people in this country for the first time ever. So just how do we have almost 12-million more connections than people in this country?

Everywhere you look, people are connected. Not by face to face, but by wireless devices. Many Fargo downtown coffee houses have been Wi-Fi friendly for almost half a decade.

Tabitha Daschle (Manager at Moxie Java) : Those two guys that just came in asked if we had Wi-Fi, I said yeah. They are coming in giving us service, it gives us a chance to give them service back.

And just in the last year, the numbers are staggering.

According to the study done by C-T-I-A wireless, there are almost 96-million smart-phones - an increase of 57-percent in only a year.

Josh Friesz (Fargo resident): Business and everything moves at the speed of light with E-mail and text messaging. I definitely enjoy being very well connected.

So how do you get millions of more devices, than people. Well, many people will carry two phones...a work phone and a personal cell. Many college students we spoke with said they have three or more devices to stay connected at all times.

Aaron Woytcke (NDSU Senior): I see it everywhere so it doesn't surprise me. I know where the spots are if I'm off campus.

And just because people are more connected, doesn't mean they're talking more. While minutes used only increased by 1-percent, text messages jumped 16-percent, to more than 1-trillion for the first time ever.

But still, some are more grounded then others.

Woytcke: I still think people should go outside and be active a little more, but I see it happening.

Laptops, cell-phones, tablets, no matter where you are, it's almost impossible not to be connected.

As for the prices? Monthly subscriptions have actually gone down in price - to 47.23 - down 24-cents from last year.

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